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<p>Computer programming and software is an expanding and contemporary profession in today's technology driven world.</p>  
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<p>The global LGBTQ community lost many notable individuals during the year. Each of these individuals has played an important and visible role in creating an awareness, sensitivity, profile, and as an activist for human rights as they relate to minorities and sexual diversities. These individuals made contributions in the field of journalism, theatre, television, film, sports, religion, activism, fashion, business, politics, and books.</p>
  
<p>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.</p>
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<p>The year witnessed many individuals passing away who contributed firsts in their fields:  the U.K.'s first transgender model, the first out U.S. Ambassador, the U.S.'s first transgender Mayor, and the world's first woman photojournalist.  The creator of the red ribbon campaign also passed away in 2021.</p>
  
<p>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.</p>
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<p>Each will be remembered for their personal and professional impact on their friends, communities, and the world at large. Queerbio.com is proud to ensure their legacy within the LGBTQ community.</p>
  
<p>Many of the individuals in the industry are well known and highly regarded for the contributions.  American [[Bruce Bastian]] co-founded WordPerfect, transgender Taiwanese [[Audry 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. </p>
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<p>We are saddened to present notable LGBTQ deaths in 2021 from Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Scotland, Tonga, and The United States. To read more and see the complete list, click '''[[Prominent LGBTQ Deaths in 2021|HERE]]'''</p>
 
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<p>We have identified many notable LGBTQ Software Programmers and Developers from Barbados, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States. To read more and see the complete list, click '''[[Software Programmers and Developers From the LGBTQ Community|HERE]]'''</p>
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'''Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles''' [[Past 'Did You Know?' Articles|See Here]]
 
'''Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles''' [[Past 'Did You Know?' Articles|See Here]]

Latest revision as of 01:11, 10 January 2022

DID YOU KNOW?

Prominent LGBTQ Deaths in 2021

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The global LGBTQ community lost many notable individuals during the year. Each of these individuals has played an important and visible role in creating an awareness, sensitivity, profile, and as an activist for human rights as they relate to minorities and sexual diversities. These individuals made contributions in the field of journalism, theatre, television, film, sports, religion, activism, fashion, business, politics, and books.

The year witnessed many individuals passing away who contributed firsts in their fields: the U.K.'s first transgender model, the first out U.S. Ambassador, the U.S.'s first transgender Mayor, and the world's first woman photojournalist. The creator of the red ribbon campaign also passed away in 2021.

Each will be remembered for their personal and professional impact on their friends, communities, and the world at large. Queerbio.com is proud to ensure their legacy within the LGBTQ community.

We are saddened to present notable LGBTQ deaths in 2021 from Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Scotland, Tonga, and The United States. To read more and see the complete list, click HERE

Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles See Here


The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 17,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two-spirit, or gender fluid (LGBTQ) and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.

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Despite adversity and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals have excelled throughout history. Yet historians and academics have conveniently participated in the heterosexist erasure of these LGBTQ contributions by omitting the LGBTQ status of prominent historical figures from academic and historical documents. Accordingly, there are relatively few comprehensive projects which document and showcase the influence of these LGBTQ efforts.

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It's A Fabulous Morning! My Interviews With Fascinating People in the LGBTQ World (Pearse Murray and Mark S. Bonham, 2019) presents fascinating interviews with individuals from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit and Ally (LGBTQ) community. Icons such as Lily Tomlin, Chaz Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Mark Tewksbury, John Cameron Mitchell, Kathleen Wynne, Wanda Sykes, Tony Kushner, David Hockney, Edmund White and more provide their personal stories of the community and their lives within it. Compelling insight into events of the community, such as Toronto’s Bath House Raids, is also provided. 262 pages.

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A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages

Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.

Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.

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