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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

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  • Open Internet for All LGBTQ

  • Don't Block LGBT Act

  • Health Technology

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Recent Filings

by LGBT Technology Partnership

2024-05-06

LGBT Tech Joins a Coalition of Tech, LGBTQ, Civil Society Groups Opposing KOSA Amendment to FAA Reauthorization

In a letter to Senate leaders, the groups voiced concerns that the legislation would give enormous powers to state attorneys general with a history of radical anti-LGBTQ policymaking, ultimately eliminating access to resources and communities for vulnerable Americans.

2024-04-12

LGBT Tech signs letter in opposition to SB 158

Our opposition to this bill, in its present state, arises from the undefined age verification requirements imposed on social media platforms, its concerning parental control provisions and ambiguous criteria for “sexual content,” and the bill’s infringement on First Amendment rights – which doom it to a protracted and unwinnable legal battle, if passed. While we appreciate the amendments that have been oered, they fail to address the fundamental challenges of this bill, nor do they alleviate our apprehensions about its repercussions.

2024-04-16

LGBT Tech signs onto a bill opposing SB 1076

On behalf of the consumer protection, economic justice, and civil rights groups herein, we strongly urge you to oppose SB 1076, authored by Senator Wilk. This bill attempts to undermine and weaken the California Delete Act (SB 362), passed in 2023 to empower Californians to protect their personal information from data brokers with an updated data broker registry and a one-click “delete” button to remove their information from every registered data broker.

2024-03-25

LGBT Tech Statement & Letter on Colorado S.B. 158

LGBT Tech urges lawmakers to conduct a thorough review and revision of S.B. 158 to mitigate these concerns, and has sent a letter outlining these concerns to the Colorado Senate Committee for Business, Labor, & Technology, the offices of the Colorado Governor and Attorney General, and members of the Colorado LGBTQ+ Caucus.

2024-03-19

LGBT Tech joins in signing a Public Comment Letter in Response to the Department of State Acquisition Regulation: Nondiscrimination in Foreign Assistance.

We believe that all people—including LGBTQI+ people—deserve equitable, meaningful access to services, programs, and employment funded by American foreign assistance no matter where they may be.

2024-02-15

LGBT Tech has partnered with a coalition of civil organizations in filing an amicus brief in NetChoice v. Bonita

In the fight to ensure that marginalized individuals and the content they rely on are protected from undue censorship online, LGBT Tech has partnered with a coalition of civil organizations in filing an amicus brief in NetChoice v. Bonita

2024-01-11

LGBT Tech signs letter in opposition to SB 454

A coalition led by Chamber of Progress sends letter opposing SB 454, a different Florida bill that would require social media companies to prevent youth access to content related to sexual exploitation and give parents more control over teens’ accounts.

2024-01-04

LGBT Tech joins Garden State Equality and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ Call On State Legislature To Reject Restrictions on Internet Access

Garden State Equality and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ today urged the State Legislature to reject a bill that would impose highly restrictive regulations on Internet access. The bill, A5750/S4215, would have New Jersey join the ranks of states like Utah and Arkansas by requiring age verification for anyone using social media.

2023-12-08

LGBT Tech joins a coalition of a dozen tech and civil society groups submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in NetChoice & CCIA v. Moody / Paxton

LGBT Tech joins a coalition of a dozen tech and civil society groups submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in NetChoice & CCIA v. Moody / Paxton, urging the Court to overturn Texas and Florida anti-content moderation laws. The brief argues that the Court should affirm platforms’ First Amendment right to curate content and highlights the impact of anti-content moderation laws on marginalized groups.

2023-11-17

LGBT Tech joins the Chamber of Progress & Fight For The Future to call on Senate leadership to stop the Eyes on the Board Act.

Last month, a group of Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz introduced the Eyes on the Board Act. The bill, which would strip away E-Rate funding from schools and libraries unless they block access to social media sites, represents an escalation in the ongoing assault on libraries and teens’ access to information across the country. For children in low-income communities who depend on subsidized internet access and
social media for education and connection, this bill amounts to a digital book ban.

2023-11-16

LGBT Tech Comments on Docket No. 2023-0008

LGBT Tech writes to support measures aimed at protecting the privacy, safety, and mental health of youth online, while urging that the efforts to do so preserve access to the online tools relied upon by LGBTQ+ youth to explore their identities, seek resources, and find community.

2023-11-13

LGBT Tech Signs Letter of Opposition to the defunding of CEDC.

The Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC) plays a crucial, nonpartisan role in shaping policies that foster equity and diversity in digital communication services and products across the United States. LGBT Tech joins MMTC and other organizations urging the House of Representatives to oppose the upcoming vote on bill HR-4664, which, following an amendment to the bill last week, proposes to defund the CEDC.

2023-11-02

LGBTQ+ Organizations and Centers Send Letter to Hill Urging Changes to Kids Online Safety Bill

LGBT Tech and 73 other organizations and LGBTQ+ centers from around the country sent a letter to 101 Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives, expressing concern with the Kids Online Safety bill (S.1409), or KOSA, currently being considered in the Senate.

2023-10-19

LGBT Tech signs onto PA SB 22 Coalition Letter which could result to a "digital book ban."

LGBT Tech signs onto PA SB 22 Coalition Letter which can ultimately amount to a "digital book ban." A coalition of civil society and tech groups are calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to stop a toxic new bill targeting teen access to online resources.

2023-09-29

LGBT Tech Signs Civil Society Letter to OMB re: Global LGBTQI+ Funding in the FY 2025

LGBT Tech Signs Civil Society Letter to OMB re: Global LGBTQI+ Funding in the FY 2025 in hopes that the Biden Administration will finally request sufficient resources for global LGBTQI+ programs that make our world safer and more secure for all its citizens, no matter who they are or whom they love.

2023-09-25

LGBT Tech signs letter in opposition to the STOP CSAM Act

The STOP CSAM Act would severely jeopardize the rights of Americans to communicate online freely and privately. It will censor critical information for some of America’s most vulnerable groups, like LGBTQ+ youth and those seeking reproductive care.

2023-09-20

LGBT Tech Signs Coalition Letter with The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) to prioritize students’ civil rights in the age of AI

A year has passed since the Blueprint's release, and the need for education-related AI protections is as pressing as ever, particularly with the rapid rise of generative AI. Recent research by the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) highlights that students continue to face harm from AI-driven technologies, particularly concerning civil rights issues.

2023-08-08

LGBT Tech Signs Letter In Opposition of California Bill AB 1394

LGBT Tech signs letter opposing the California Bill AB 1394 which proposes to regulate online platforms and content hosting services with the intention of combating harmful and illegal content. While we support the bill’s aim to protect children, we are concerned that some of its provisions echo similar provisions in the federal FOSTA/SESTA legislation passed in 2018, which had significant detrimental effects on vulnerable and marginalized communities.

2023-07-13

LGBT Tech signs opposition letter to proposed changes of the ADPPA that would exempt data brokers who provide services to law enforcement agencies.

LGBT Tech signs a letter opposing proposed changes to the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) that would dramatically infringe upon the civil liberties of Americans, providing law enforcement with tools for surveillance and prosecution without the need for a warrant or due process.

2023-05-01

LGBT Tech Signs Diverse Coalition Letter to NTIA to ensure that BEAD funding is used equitably

The letter encourages the promotion of Digital Readiness Training, to increase awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), engage multicultural stakeholders, and monitor and evaluate program outcomes

April 12, 2021

U.S. Census Bureau request for comments on the proposed revision of
the American Community Survey

In a letter to Senate leaders, the groups voiced concerns that the legislation would give enormous powers to state attorneys general with a history of radical anti-LGBTQ policymaking, ultimately eliminating access to resources and communities for vulnerable Americans.

April 16, 2021

Inclusion of SOGI data in health IT

In a letter to Senate leaders, the groups voiced concerns that the legislation would give enormous powers to state attorneys general with a history of radical anti-LGBTQ policymaking, ultimately eliminating access to resources and communities for vulnerable Americans.

Recent Sign-Ons

by LGBT Technology Institute

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