Though instances have positively improved, it’s nonetheless not simple being a queer individual within the expertise business.


There’s nonetheless rampant discrimination within the sector, and a “bro” tradition that permeates many corporations and groups. This will make the tech business intimidating to any LGBTI+ individuals trying to break in.

Fortunately although, there are a raft of skilled individuals who can assist out. And a kind of is Tracy Benson, CEO and co-founder of Obsesh.

If you wish to get her recommendation in full, then it is best to watch the video embedded on the prime of this text. Or, alternatively, you possibly can click on proper right here to look at it.


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We caught up with Benson at TNW 2022 and acquired her tackle the struggles queer individuals face in tech, why that is the case, and the way the neighborhood can assist.

One of many first issues she identified was the truth that “86% of investments” go to white cisgender males. And why does Benson consider this occurs? That’s as a result of “80% of the enterprise neighborhood” consists of white males.

“We want extra individuals to face up and use their {dollars},” Benson informed us once we requested her how this may be fastened. She believes that the queer neighborhood particularly must put its cash the place its mouth is and launch extra accelerators for LGBTQI+ founders.

Once we moved onto to discussing how queer individuals can enter the tech world, Benson gave us three essential pointers. The primary was to know your story, personal it, and be assured. The second was to work with traders who share your values. And at last, Benson’s third tip, was to hustle and by no means hand over.

Sure, the world has moved on up to now few years and the tech neighborhood is a extra accepting place than it was beforehand — however that doesn’t imply all its points are fastened. Removed from it. There’s nonetheless much more work to be carried out, however, fortunately, there are individuals on the market attempting to make a distinction.

Head over right here to look at the interview.

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