universal broadband

Recognizing the importance of access to quality broadband connection for LGBTQ+ individuals
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rural connectivity

From the very beginning of the Internet, the LGBTQ+ community has understood the benefits and serious risks the Internet provides. As technology continues to evolve, the span of the internet continues to increase, often in concentrated areas, leaving individuals in rural populations behind.

LGBT Tech works to keep the LGBTQ+ community informed and ensures policy makers, companies and public support systems are aware of the best practices to use when thinking about the LGBTQ+ communities need for rural connectivity.

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connectivity is crucial for the LGBTQ+ community — especially for those living in rural areas

How does access to broadband effect LGBTQ+ individuals living in rural areas?

Community

LGBTQ+ folks living in rural areas may not have easy access to physical queer spaces such as LGBTQ+ community centers or nightlife.​ Online platforms can provide important alternative social spaces and resources for LGBTQ+ people — such as support groups, and relevant social media groups.

health

According to one study, many LGBTQ+ individuals living in rural areas reported experiencing discrimination and bias in accessing healthcare, which can also lead patients to not feel safe disclosing important information to their healthcare provider. Telehealth provides more options and access to LGBTQ+-informed healthcare providers.

education

Often, LGBTQ+ folks turn to the internet first when exploring their identity. This is especially important for LGBTQ+ youth living in rural areas who may not have the same exposure to many openly queer people in their community. The internet is an important resource for information about gender and sexuality, especially for youth who do not have access to comprehensive and LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual education classes.

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