June is Pride Month. And while it’s time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, it’s also an important reminder that diversity within the workforce remains an ongoing challenge within tech (as well as many other industries) for LGBTQ+ people. To help face that challenge, we want to highlight eight amazing organizations that are helping to support the LGBTQ+ tech community.
A non-profit professional association for LGBTQ+ people in the STEM community. With over 100 student chapters at colleges/universities and professional chapters in cities across the United States and abroad, oSTEM is the largest chapter-based organization focused on LGBTQ+ people in STEM. oSTEM empowers LGBTQ+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.
An incubator for LGBTQ+ Talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community. They provide training, mentorship, and employment opportunities both in person and online for their members.
An organization that holds major conferences for LGBTQ+ students. Students are able to network, learn from professionals, and participate in career fairs. Participation for students is also free as the cost of airfare, lodging, and the conferences are covered by participating employers.
A community of LGBTQ+ women, non-binary, and trans indviduals in and around tech (and the people who support them). The goals of Lesbians Who Tech are to be more visible to each other, to be more visible to others, to get more women, POC, and queer and trans people in technology, and to connect the community to other organizations and companies that are doing incredible work. Each year, they hold a summit focused on technology and offer a scholarship for LGBTQ+ women in coding that covers 50% of tuition for a coding school program.
5. Out in Tech
The world’s largest non-profit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders. They create opportunities for their 40,000 members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change. Their Out in Tech U Mentorship program pairs LGBTQ+ youth with tech professionals to provide both technical and professional skills.
A space for LGBTQ+ people in technology to chat and support each other. They strive to keep it safe, positive, and confidential. The Slack channel is open to anybody who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, queer, and those questioning whether they fit into those or any of the many other sub-genres of people who aren’t generally considered both “straight” and cis.
An organization that empowers LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support.
They educate all communities regarding scientific, technological, and medical concerns of LGBTQ+ people.
A charity run by an independent group of LGBTQ+ scientists & engineers from around the world. They aim to showcase and support all LGBTQ+ people in STEM fields.Their goal has been to raise the profile of LGBTQ+ people in science, technology, engineering, and math/medicine (STEM) as well as to highlight the struggles LGBTQ+ STEM people often face.
We celebrate all members of the LGBTQ+ community
In the Docker community, we know the importance of bringing your whole self to everything you do, and we embrace what makes each of us unique. We’re proud of all LGBTQ+ members in our community, and celebrate you for who you are.
We also want to support the LGBTQ+ tech community. That’s why, in honor of Pride month, we’re making a donation to each of the organizations listed above.
To everyone in the LGBTQ+ tech community: Thank you. And we’re glad to have you here.