While times have certainly improved, being a queer person in the tech industry is still not easy.
There is still widespread inequality in the sector, and a “bro” culture that surrounds many companies and teams. This can make the tech industry intimidating to any LGBTI+ people looking to enter.
Fortunately, though, there are many experienced people who can help. And one of them is Tracy Benson, CEO and co-founder of Obesh.
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If you want to get his advice in full, you should watch the video embedded at the top of this article. Or, alternatively, you can click here to view it.
We caught up with Benson at TNW 2022 and got her take on the struggles queer people face in tech, why it happens, and how the community can help.
One of the first things he pointed out was that “86% of investments” go to white men. And why does Benson believe that this happens? Because “80% of the corporate community” is made up of white men.
“We need more people to stand up and use their dollars,” Benson told us when we asked him how to fix that. She believes that the queer community in particular needs to put its money where its mouth is and launch more accelerators for LGBTQI+ founders.
As we moved into discussing how queer people can break into the tech world, Benson gave us three main pointers. The first was knowing your story, owning it, and being confident. The second was to work with investors who share your values. And finally, Benson’s third tip, hustle and never give up.
Yes, the world has moved on in the last few years and the tech community is a more accepting place than ever – but that doesn’t mean all its problems have been fixed. Far from it. There is still a lot of work to be done, but, fortunately, there are people out there who are trying to make a difference.
Go here to watch the interview.