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Community Spotlight: Out in Tech

This month, we're celebrating organizations paving the way for LGBTQ2S+ technologists to find inclusion, belonging, and affirmation within our industry.

In this post, we shine a spotlight on Out in Tech, a non-profit community of over 45,000 LGBTQ2S+ people in the technology industry (including me, hi πŸ‘‹πŸ»). πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Out in Tech is on a mission to unite the LGBTQ2S+ tech community. Take it from their mission statement:

We envision a tech industry where LGBTQ+ people are empowered, well represented, and have full agency, from intern to CEO. We believe this will lead to:

  • Equity and belonging for all underestimated groups (centering women and people of color);
  • Innovative new ideas, products, and platforms; and
  • A more just future.

I've been a member of Out in Tech's active, supportive Slack community for years now. I've seen firsthand the power of the LGBTQ2S+ community coming together to share career opportunities, organize in-person meet-ups, and connect over pop culture, hobbies, and family life.

Slack isn't their only virtual community, though! They also offer a digital corps, which is an opportunity to connect and collaborate online to support LGBTQ2S+ organizations with free web services.

To support the emerging generation of LGBTQ2S+ technologists, Out in Tech offers a program called Out in Tech U. It includes a mentorship program for LGBTQ2S+ people ages 17–24 to make career connections and learn skills to support them on the jobβ€”all in a queer-inclusive, affirming environment.

We're glad that organizations like Out in Tech exist to support our LGBTQ2S+ colleagues as they grow their careers in our industry. πŸ’–

Know of other great LGBTQ2S+ organizations, initiatives, or groups in tech? Share in the comments and let's continue to build community. 🌈

Top comments (5)

zeyidev profile image

Headed to checkout the Slack community! πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

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Michael Tharrington

So awesome! πŸ™Œ It sounds like a great organization and the communities sound super cool. Might have to join up and check out that Slack community!

ruthmoog profile image

codebar is wonderful for any minority group individuals learning to code and/or grow their career in tech πŸ¦„
They have chapters all over the globe and the more the better!

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