Pride at Work: Inspiring Tales from the LGBTQ Tech Community

June is a time for celebration and recognition of the achievements and progress made by the LGBTQ community. Pride Month marks the decades-long struggle for equality and serves as a reminder of the need to ensure that LGBTQ students and employees have equitable access to educational and professional opportunities. Every year, members of the LGBTQ community come together to commemorate Pride Month through a variety of festivities and activities. This is a time to honour the courage and resilience of those who have fought for rights and recognition, and to celebrate the progress made towards equality.

The extraordinary courage of these Information Technology professionals inspired many others to strive to create a more equitable and accepting environment for people within the LGBTQ community. Consequently, there are now a multitude of job opportunities that are open and welcoming to individuals who identify as LGBTQ.

At Works, we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all of our users, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We believe in the importance of creating a welcoming atmosphere where members of the LGBTQ community can develop and hone their professional skills. We strive to create a space where everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to succeed.

Motivating tales of Works’ LGBTQ staff members are shared in this blog article.

A Proud Tale of Romulo

Romulo Espinosa, Designer for the Developer Success Team, highlighted the difficulty of coming out as LGBTQ+ as his most difficult experience. He expressed his apprehension about how people would react if they found out he was a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and felt uncertain about how to accept himself. Despite his initial worries, Romulo eventually learned to embrace his identity and was supported by his closest friends and family.

Romulo recounted that when he was in his early twenties, he was in a relationship with a gay person. He had already gone on dates with females as a teenager and was curious to explore his preferences further. After dating a few males, he discovered that he preferred their company. Initially, he had difficulty acknowledging his attraction to them, but with the support of his openly homosexual friend’s family, he was able to come out to his own family at the age of nineteen. Over time, he became more and more comfortable with himself and was met with unconditional acceptance from his parents.

Romulo discussed his appreciation for the atmosphere at Works, highlighting the welcoming and varied environment and the team happy hours as his favourite time of the week. He said that he felt comfortable discussing his personal life, such as his boyfriend or girlfriend, without fear of any negative consequences.

Romulo emphasised the importance of Works fostering an environment of inclusion and opportunity for everyone, particularly members of the LGBTQ community. He highlighted the company’s commitment to support and encourage them in their professional growth, citing initiatives such as #PrideAtWorks. Through these efforts, Romulo expressed his view that Works is an organisation that celebrates diversity and is dedicated to making all workers—regardless of gender identity—feel welcome and valued.

With regard to being a member of the LGBTQ community in the technology sector, Romulo has expressed his desire to create a more equitable society. He envisions a future in which people of various sexual orientations and gender identities are accepted and employed solely on the basis of their qualifications, and where everyone is able to go to work each day feeling safe to be their true selves. Romulo believes that Works is helping to bring this future to fruition by enabling individuals to feel secure enough to express their true identities.

The Proud History of Rakel

Rakel Cogliatti, Senior Learning and Development Specialist at Works, looked back on her formative years and the journey to her coming out. She stated, “Growing up in a very traditional and religious Brazilian family, I had struggled for a long time to accept the idea of finding a romantic partner of the same gender. After having been in a committed relationship for several years, I eventually made the decision to come out as gay to my family at the age of 27. I was fearful of how my loved ones would respond to this, however, I found that my friends were already aware of my sexual orientation and were very accepting.

Rakel spoke about the marginalisation of members of the LGBTQ population caused by societal prejudice. She elaborated on her own experience of this discrimination, recounting, “My roommate and I encountered numerous instances of bias during the apartment-hunting process. We were rejected from a total of twelve properties before finally securing a home that was suitable for us.

Rakel highlighted the importance of creating a secure environment for the LGBTQ community in all areas of life, including the family, job, and education. She further noted that Works is an exemplary example of such an environment. She was quoted as saying, “I’m grateful to have the assurance that my sexual orientation will not hinder my job security at Works. During our weekly happy hours, I’m able to be myself and communicate on topics other than work. I was even able to invite my wife to the call when my coworkers expressed interest in meeting her. Every company should strive to be as willing to accept and embrace diversity as Works is.

Rakel proceeded to emphasise the significance of the LGBTQ community and their reliance on mutual support. Furthermore, she highlighted Works’ commitment to creating an inclusive, welcoming workplace where all employees are accepted and respected, and where the LGBTQ community can access the services and accommodations they need to thrive. In addition, Rakel expressed her pride in supporting LGBTQ developers as they pursue and progress in their computing careers.

The Proud Tale of Samuel

On his inaugural day at Works, Samuel Sinzza, the company’s new Senior Developer Success Specialist, shared a momentous part of his life with his colleagues. He showed them a photograph of himself and his boyfriend, which was met with warmth and acceptance. He was impressed by the level of tolerance and kindness shown by his colleagues, and knew that Works was the perfect place for him to work.

Samuel further emphasised that the Works workspace is a particularly welcoming and inclusive environment for people from all walks of life. Here, individuals of numerous cultural and ethnic backgrounds are able to come together in harmony, without feeling unwelcome or excluded. Furthermore, the Works is a safe and supportive space for members of the LGBTQ community.

Samuel, who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, pointed out the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment in the technology industry. He noted that discrimination against the LGBTQ community continues to be a problem in the world of employment, and suggested that providing a remote working environment, such as Works, would help individuals feel more comfortable.

Samuel went on to explain that, time and time again, he has witnessed developers at Works seizing the opportunity to make changes to their lives that are truly life-altering. Regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, these developers have gone on to experience great professional success. To support these individuals in their pursuit of both success and personal fulfillment, Works has created #PrideAtWorks, an event designed to help developers discover and celebrate their identities.

The Proud History of Hassan

Hass, Senior Manager at Works’ Global Communities, fondly looks back on his formative years. Growing up was a challenge, making it difficult for him to form meaningful connections and to feel accepted. Finding solace in the theatrical world, Hass was able to be his true self without worrying about being judged.

Hassan shared his journey of discovering and becoming involved in the LGBT rights movement, which eventually led to him becoming an editorial assistant for Gay.com. After some time, Hassan moved on to work for the LGBTQ dating app Grindr, where he worked on their workplace brand and was met with much praise. He also noted that the engineering field, in which Grindr works, is highly competitive, making it difficult to acquire the best talent. In response, Hassan developed an extensive plan to assist Grindr in attracting and maintaining their best employees.

I recently found myself in an uncertain professional situation, so I decided to invest in my career by enrolling in a product management course. I am now a member of HOUSE, a network of queer and trans people of colour who have found success at the intersection of technology and culture. Joining this team has been incredibly rewarding, as it has allowed me to build relationships with people from many different backgrounds and walks of life.

Hassan remarked, “When I joined the Works firm, I enjoyed the atmosphere and how well-functioning the organisation is being remote-first.”

Hassan declared that Pride Month is one of his most cherished holidays. While some may consider it superfluous to outwardly express their joy and liberation in their sexual orientation through pride, the LGBTQ community is still subject to widespread discrimination and hostility across all aspects of life. To honour and recognise this uniqueness and the accomplishments made in spite of adversity, Pride Month is celebrated in June. Consequently, we are also launching initiatives such as #PrideAtWorks to promote genuine fellowship in the developer community as well as to provide assistance and guidance.

Do you know whether Works is an LGBTQ-welcoming workplace?

Absolutely! Works is committed to helping members of the LGBTQ community grow professionally and build meaningful relationships in a safe and welcoming environment. If you are a software developer in the United States looking for a permanent job with a generous salary, please visit our Apply for Jobs page. We provide developers with the resources they need to create successful and lucrative long-term positions with some of the most highly regarded companies in the country.

FAQs

  1. When exactly does Pride Month occur?

    In June, we celebrate LGBTQ+ pride. The Stonewall rebellion of 1969 in New York City is celebrated throughout Pride Month.
  2. I’m confused; when exactly does Pride Day occur?

    Pride Day is annually observed on June 28.
  3. To begin, let’s define the acronym PRIDE.

    PRIDE is an acronym that stands for “professionalism” (PR), “respect” (IR), “integrity” (IN), “diversity” (DIV),

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