We all know that the community of LGBTQ+ has been always denied equal opportunities to succeed in tech. And that one organization that is aiming to change this whole perception is “Lesbian Who Tech”. This organization was launched back in the year 2012 with the main goal of breaking away all the barriers in the tech industry and thus providing vast visibility for the underrepresented groups, especially the community of LGBTQ+ people of color.
Lesbian Who Tech is working as an international network which is based on 50,000 members and a few events such as the annual Price Summit where they connect with LGBTQ+ women as well as non-binary and with the gender-nonconforming individuals. They even connect themselves with the trans-individuals in the industry of tech.
Introduction about Lesbian Who Tech
In 2012, Leanne Pittsford founded Lesbians Who Tech + Allies to foster a community for women working in tech fields. The tagline for the show is Queer, Inclusive, Badass. With a maximum of 50,000 LGBTQ women and non-binary people, or people of color, and allies in the technology, this organization is popularly known as the largest LGBTQ technology community worldwide.
In December 2012, a small gathering took place at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, which led to the formation of the community.
A small number of events were yet launched in the place of New York, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, as well as London, Berlin, and Toronto by the end of the year 2013. In October 2013, the website Lesbians Who Tech was launched. In February 2014, Lesbians Who Tech held its first official summit in San Francisco.
The Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation awarded Lesbians Who Tech a $165,000 grant in June 2015, enabling Lesbians Who Tech to begin its nonprofit arm. Using grant funds, two programs were piloted; “Bring a Lesbian to Work Day” and coding scholarships.
Queer women in tech (and allies) can meet and socialize in an inclusive and vibrant community through Lesbians Who Tech. Those who have crossed a firewall with it are referred to as lesbians, they are not yet required to identify as lesbians, or bisexuals, transgenders, as well as queers to be a part of the group.
To be considered for this position, you must adhere to the organization’s mission and goals and promote the visibility and inclusion of women, homosexuals, and people from under-represented backgrounds.
Is it important to be a Lesbian to join it?
The Lesbian Who Tech community is known for its diversity, which is one of its best attributes. Members of our 70,000-member group are LGBTQ women, non-binary, transgender, and gender-nonconforming. As well as race, ethnicity, ability, age, and others, we also have many other intersecting identities.
As a group, we work together to bring visibility and inclusion to women, queer people, and others from underrepresented backgrounds in technology. We want you on the team if you’re serious about moving this mission forward. Allied forces are welcome.
How Lesbians Who Tech is Achieving its Main Goals?
In addition to networking opportunities, Lesbians Who Tech offers discounts on tuition for qualifying coding boot camps. The annual Pride Summit provides LGBTQ+ tech professionals with the opportunity to connect with hiring partners and other industry professionals. The Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship covers part of the tuition of boot camps for those seeking a career in technology.
Thousands of people attend Lesbians Who Tech’s Pride Summit every year, which draws a variety of speakers and participants. In the year 2021, Lesbians Who Tech will hence feature more than 40% of Black as well as Latinx speakers. Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Megan Rapinoe, or Elizabeth Warren, Melinda Gates, and Hillary Clinton are among those who have spoken at older events.
During the five-day conference, participants will develop leadership and technical skills. Also, participants attend meetups and discuss problems that impact the whole society, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and institutionalized racism against Black people. In addition to the different sponsor expo and career fairs, event pass holders have even access to the summit’s sponsor expo.
Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship
LGBTQ+ women as well as non-binary individuals interested in technology can even apply for the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship. This scholarship is hence awarded in honor of Edith Windsor. Hence, LGBTQ+ rights advocate the one whose case led to the Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriage as the constitutional right. She also worked at IBM as a computer programmer starting in 1958.
Depending on the Bootcamp, recipients receive up to 50% in tuition assistance.
The boot camp’s admissions process must be qualifying for scholarship recipients. Participants must also attend the lessons as well as events of the Lesbians Who Tech and Edie Windsor Coding Scholar. Within the final requirement, students must be active inside the Edie Windsor Coding Scholar community through email, or online meet-ups as well as face-to-face meetings.
To end with, Lesbian Who Tech & Allies work as a community for LGBTQ women, trans-individuals, or for the non-binary people all over the tech industry. It’s a great platform for the LGBTQ community to make a powerful name in the tech industry.