Diversity and representation benefit the progression of science and technology, but the presence of diverse workers does not guarantee they feel safe or empowered to do their jobs. Discrimination against LGBTQ employees in the workplace has left workers feeling uncomfortable and ready to quit, not to mention at higher risk for depression, anxiety and insomnia.
25% reported staying in a job due to a LGBTQ-inclusive work environment.
10% left a job because the work environment was not very accepting of LGBTQ people.
Part of an inclusive work environment means employees are free to be themselves without fear of discrimination or retaliation from colleagues. But if workers feel unsafe or unsure of whether their identities will be respected, it can be difficult to excel at work or establish meaningful relationships with colleagues—both of which are pivotal aspects of professional growth.
Participating in networking or resource groups can help LGBTQ workers find colleagues who are allies in their workplace, and maintain those supportive relationships even when they change companies.
20 Networking Resources for LGBTQ Tech Professionals
500 Queer Scientists: a visibility campaign for LGBTQ professionals and their allies in scientific fields.
GLAAD: network of 20,000 professionals and allies working to create accurate and inclusive news coverage and media portrayals of LBGTQ+ communities.
Lesbians Who Tech: organization dedicated to increasing visibility, inclusion and community for lesbians worldwide.
LGBTECH: professional organization that promotes diversity and inclusion for LGBTQ workers in tech.
LGBTQ in Technology: group on the Slack app providing a safe online space for LGBTQ people to chat and find support.
LGBTQ Tech Institute: organization offering programming and resources to educate organizations how to support LGBTQ+ communities through inclusive work environments.