Software Programmers and Developers From the LGBTQ Community
Computer programming and software is an expanding and contemporary profession in today's technology driven world.
With the large number of computer sites dedicated to the LGBTQ community, one would expect an equally large number of software programmers and developers to come from the community. A recent survey by Overflow showed that, of the 36,939 respondents in the field, 5.2 per cent identified as LGBTQ and 0.9 per cent identified as transgender. The same study finds that those development firms that employ LGBTQ individuals report 19 per cent higher revenues than those that are monolothic.
Organizations for LGBTQ individuals in software development include oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Gay Geeks, QueerCoders, Out in Tech, Out To Innovate, Pride in STEM, Queer Tech Club, LGBTQ Tech, TransTech Social Enterprises, and Out4Undergrad. Many of these organizations exist to support the community LGBTQ programmers from the often homophobic and sexist workplace in the profession. It is a profession that struggles with diversity issues. However, there is an improving trend - The Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index reports 47 tech companies achieved a “perfect” score when it came to supporting LGBT employees.
Many of the individuals in the industry are well known and highly regarded for the contributions. American Bruce Bastian co-founded WordPerfect, transgender Taiwanese Audrey Tang is now a government minister, Barbadian Alan Emtage created the first internet search engine, while American software programmer Edith Windsor was a notable LGBTQ activist. Several individuals have been honoured through their induction into the Internet Hall of Fame.
We have identified the following notable LGBTQ computer programmers and software developers.
- Alan Emtage, internet search engine
- Connie Bonello, CapGemini
- Juani Bermejo Vega, Max Planck Institute
- Peter Arvai, Prezi
- Orkut Buyukkokten, Club Nexus
- Eric Allman, Sendmail
- Chip Arndt, Merchant Advantage
- Bruce Bastian, WordPerfect
- Andrew Chael
- R. Martin Chavez, Quorum Software Systems
- Gene Dermody
- Chris Hughes, Facebook
- Mary Ann Horton, Usenet (Internet)
- Tim Gill, Quark
- Jon 'Maddog' Hall, Linux
- Marshall Kirk McKusick
- Charles Lickel, IBM
- Vivienne Ming, Socos
- Claire O'Dell
- Irma Olguin Jr., Shift3 Technologies
- Brianna Titone
- Louise Young, Raytheon
- Ric Weiland, Microsoft
- Edith Windsor, IBM
- Stan Zanarotti, Dimensional Insight