LGBTQIAA+ Tech Groups for Career Support & Networking

LGBTQIAA+ Tech Groups for Career Support & Networking

This post was originally shared on 6/14/2021.

Happy Pride Month! We’re taking time to celebrate the work of queer-focused tech organizations and LGBTQIAA+ people in tech. 

We’ve compiled a list of some amazing LGBTQIAA+ tech companies that are doing the work to create safe spaces, spread awareness, and provide more opportunities for queer tech professionals and LGBTQIAA+ entrepreneurs. Whether you’re in Indianapolis or San Francisco, you can get involved with these LGBTQIAA+ tech groups to network and gain access to professional development and job opportunities. Check out the resources these organizations offer below and let us know how you’re celebrating Pride 2022 by connecting with us on Twitter

Out in Tech 

Out in Tech is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to LGBTQIAA+ tech professionals. They provide programs to over 40,000 members to help them grow their careers and networks while using tech to create social change. The organization has over 16 chapters worldwide and makes a social impact by hosting events and building websites for its LGBTQIAA+ activists and organizations. They also pair LGBTQIAA+ youth ages 17-24 with tech professionals for mentorship opportunities. Learn more about Out in Tech here

Lesbians Who Tech

Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of over 70,000 LGBTQIAA+ women and their allies. The organization, founded by entrepreneur Leanne Pittsford, focuses on being “queer, inclusive, and badass” and hosts an annual virtual Pride Summit that brings together queer people and allies in the technology industry. 

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a nonprofit professional association serving LGBTQIAA+ people in STEM. The organization offers both a student and professional membership option so you can get the support you need no matter where you are on your tech journey. LGBTQIAA+ tech professionals and LGBTQIAA+ youth can benefit from scholarship, leadership, and mentorship programming at oSTEM. Check out the work oSTEM is doing on the organization’s website

TransTech Social Enterprises 

TransTech Social Enterprises was created by Actress and Founder Angelica Ross in 2014. Now, the organization provides trans people with education, support, and jobs in the tech industry. TransTech Social helps companies get connected with the trans community and offers resources including professional development training, an annual summit, job board, and a coworking space in Chicago. Learn more about TransTech Social by visiting the website

LGBTQ in Technology

LGBTQ in Technology is a Slack group for those who identify as LGBTQIAA+ and work (or aspire to work) in tech. The Slack group serves as a safe online space to build community with other LGBTQIAA+ tech professionals. There are a bevy of channels within the group so users can connect with other LGBTQIAA+ people on a variety of topics and within a variety of subgroups. Subgroups include a channel for bisexual people, a channel for gay men, a channel for women and nonbinary people, and channels based on location. Join the Slack here

Young Professionals with Pride

Are you a Washington-based LGBTQIAA+ tech professional or student? Young Professionals with Pride (YPP) provides programs for networking, connection, growth, and learning to LGBTQIAA+ young professionals. Professionals aged 21-39 from all industries are welcome to attend the group’s mixers and events. YPP is a program created by the GSBA, Washington state’s LGBTQIAA+ chamber of commerce. Learn more about YPP here

Out to Innovate

You might know Out to Innovate by its former name, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP). While the organization has rebranded, they’re still doing incredible work to advance LGBTQIAA+ people in STEM. Out to Innovate offers education, advocacy, peer support, professional development, and networking to the LGBTQIAA+ community. Programs and resources include scholarships, mentorships, awards, and an annual summit. Join Out to Innovate here

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