A high profile representation of the LGBTQ community in the technology industry is important, as it is the largest growth industry in the developed world, showing that LGBT people are capable of participating equally with others in this area without discrimination.
LGBTQ organizations have been created to help ensure the community’s participation in this industry. For instance, StartOut helps entrepreneurs to start their own business, while also working to end discrimination within the technology industry, through established member chapters around the world.
Lesbians Who Tech is a group specifically for the Lesbian community, also through a chapter organization, and Out in Tech is a social networking agency, encouraging internships and training in the sector.
Many established technology firms have in-house LGBTQ networking groups. Also, there are conferences and symposiums on a regular basis, which cater specifically to the LGBTQ entrepreneurial community.
The largest of today’s technology companies were started with the active participation of LGBTQ individuals. American Ric Weiland, who died in 2006, was a co-founder of Microsoft, while Chris Hughes was a co-founder of Facebook. At Harvard University, Hughes met up with Mark Zuckerberg, who presented him with the idea of a website that would link together the students of Harvard as a social network.
Many smaller firms started by LGBTQ communities have also been successful.
Read more and see the complete list of notable LGBTQ entrepreneurs HERE.