In this day and age, technology is crucial to LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. It offers networking, access to information on sexuality and gender identity, and a way for many LGBTQ+ people to feel less isolated.
LGBT Tech hopes to maximize these benefits.
LGBT Tech is a nonprofit organization that “encourages the continued early adoption and use of cutting-edge, new and emerging technologies by providing information, education and strategic outreach for LGBT communities,” according to its website.
The organization consists of an institute that conducts research into LGBTQ+ issues as they relate to technology and a partnership that unites LGBTQ+ organizations, nonprofits, companies, and scholars.
The organization’s founder, Chris Wood, believes technology is important to LGBTQ+ individuals for “connecting with friends, finding healthcare information, even down to identifying and coming out,” as he stated in a Comcast Newsmakers interview.
This connection is especially important for LGBTQ+ youth, including transgender and nonbinary youth who may not have resources on their own identities.
Several crucial members of the LGBT Tech team have ties to Florida.
Carlos Gutierrez, Deputy Director of Legal and Policy Affairs, is a University of Florida alum who went on to work with the FCC and 3net before joining LGBT Tech.
Co-founder and board member Joseph Kapp received his Bachelor’s degree in economics at Florida State University.
Scott Sapperstein, a board member for the LGBT Technology Partnership, also graduated from the University of Florida and is a co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign.
Visit the LGBT Tech website here.