LGBT Technology Partnership

The LGBT Technology Partnership brings together cutting edge tech companies, nonprofit organizations, policy makers, scholars and innovators to improve access, increase inclusion, ensure safety and empower entrepreneurship for LGBT communities around technology.

Why are LGBT communities different?

 

The LGBT community has specific concerns that are not immediately obvious and differ from the concerns of other minority communities in large part because of the aforementioned stigmas and isolation. Technology, through smart phones, high-speed networks and other current and emerging technologies allow LGBT people to come together, to meet and to empower each other, regardless of geographic distance. No longer does an LGBT individual, regardless of culture or background, need to grow up in a world where they feel alone. This easy access to technology presents new and unique challenges as well. For many LGBT people still choosing with whom they share their sexual orientation, privacy is a paramount concern. It is crucial that networks have adequate privacy controls to ensure that user data is never compromised or unintentionally revealed so that LGBT people always retain control over what information they choose to share.

Open, and just as importantly universal, broadband access across all communications platforms is also a key concern for LGBT people. As mentioned, access to technology has fostered greater acceptance and community for LGBT communities. The internet has been a lifeline for LGBT people in smaller towns and remote communities. Universal open access is key to ensuring that any LGBT person, no matter where located, that desires to do so can have ready access to information without worries about their privacy being compromised or their content being restricted. These are just a couple of the unique issues that have an impact on LGBT communities. The Partnership ensures that these and other issues are adequately addressed on behalf of LGBT communities.

How does the Partnership fulfill the need?

 

The Partnership is the premier organization representing the interests of the LGBT community with regards to communications and technology issues. Through education of members and communications providers, as well as direct engagement with policy makers at the local, state and federal level the Partnership advocates on behalf of the needs of its LGBT members across the country. With the continued and increased adoption of technology, access to faster communications platforms and more reliable and stable services comes greater community connections and empowerment.

Policy Issues

  • Facial Recognition

  • Real Name Policy

  • Ad Tech

  • Digital Marketing

  • Data Collection, Storage + Use

Don't Block LGBT

  • Open Internet for All LGBTQ

  • Don't Block LGBT Act

  • Health Technology

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Recent Filings

07/23/2020

Momentum Builds for Markey-Merkley-Jayapal-Pressley Legislation to Ban Government Use of Facial Recognition, Other Biometric Technologies

LGBT Tech supports the "Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act" as necessary to protecting minorities like the LGBTQ+ community and communities of color.

07/07/2020

Internet Society Open Letter Against Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act

LGBT Tech is proud to join the Global Encryption Coalition along with over 80 experts and organizations in condemning the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act.

07/01/2020

ACLU Coalition Letter Calling for a Moratorium on Face Recognition

LGBT Tech is proud to join the ACLU and 60 other organizations in urging Congress to take action against facial recognition's use.

02/14/2020

Re: Implementation of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 WC Docket No. 18-336, CC Docket No. 92-105

LGBT Tech submits initial comments to the FCC's Implementation of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, which would include changing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's to 988 as well as providing and expanding LGBTQ+ informed crisis support through the Lifeline's services.

05/04/2020


Demographic Data Sign On Letter to Congressional Leaders

LGBT Tech joins the APIAHF and other organizations in urging the U.S. government to record more accurate COVID-19 demographic data.

04/17/2020

In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom, WC Docket No. 17-108 / In the Matter of Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization, WCB Docket No. 11-42

LGBT Tech joins 27 organizations in applauding the FCC for their Lifeline program and urging the FCC to expand lifeline even further.

04/04/2019

Reply Comments of the EEO Supporters

EEO data should be available to Commission staff as part of an investigation of whether a licensee engaged
in race or gender discrimination in recruitment. EEO Supporters also urge the FCC to require licensee certifications that job postings preceded hiring decisions.

04/25/2019

Implementation of Section 621(a)(1) of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as Amended by the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992

LGBT Tech joins 16 other organizations in urging the FCC to reaffirm existing rules that prevent states and localities from charging duplicative fees and taxes, which serve to increase the cost of broadband internet access for consumers.

03/28/2019

Support for federal privacy law (Senate)

LGBT Tech supports a comprehensive federal privacy law that establishes a consistent framework across the country and applies technology-neutral protections across the Internet ecosystem

03/28/2019

Support for federal privacy law (House of Representatives)

LGBT Tech supports a comprehensive federal privacy law that establishes a consistent framework across the country and applies technology-neutral protections across the Internet ecosystem

03/15/2019

DC Public Space Committee re: 5G

Development and deployment of 5G will remove barriers for the LGBTQ community.

02/25/2019

Support for Maryland SB 937

Passage of MD SB 937 would have a positive impact on the LGBT community.

02/19/2019

Support for Maryland HB 654

Passage of MD HB 654 would have a positive impact on the LGBT community.

05/29/2018

Equal Employment Opportunity Filing

Our response filed to oppositions by the NAB and state broadcast associations to our comments urging the FCC to enforce its regulations against race and gender discrimination in broadcasting.

11/09/2018

Developing the Administration's Approach to Consumer Privacy

LGBT Tech Responds to NTIA's Request for Comment on the Best Way Forward on Consumer Privacy

11/16/2018

DC City Council 5G Roundtable

LGBT Tech submitted information regarding 5G small cell implementation in Washington D.C.

07/18/2017

Restoring Internet Freedom

LGBT Tech has submitted initial comments addressing the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom.

02/19/2019

Support for Maryland HB 654

Passage of MD HB 654 would have a positive impact on the LGBT community.