A Vision for Inclusion: An LGBT Broadband Future Addresses Unique Technology Needs of the Community

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

The report was prepared by Jessie Daniels, PhD and Mary L. Gray, PhD

for the LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute

Given the many societal and political challenges encountered by LGBT individuals on a daily basis, Internet and broadband technologies play a critical role for the LGBT community in all aspects of life. The LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute’s newest research project, A Vision for Inclusion: An LGBT Broadband Future, set for release on Thursday, June 26th, will bring together a wide range of research to explore the importance of broadband technologies to the LGBT community. The research paper builds on the National Broadband Plan, released in 2010 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to address the issue of universal availability and access to broadband Internet. As the National Broadband Plan did not discuss the unique technology needs of the LGBT community, A Vision for Inclusion makes policy recommendations that could ensure the safe and universal access to broadband technologies for LGBT people. Similar to the National Broadband Plan, the Partnership opened the paper for public comment, giving LGBT individuals and allies the opportunity to share their views on the broadband needs of the community. A Vision for Inclusion lays out the different aspects of life in which LGBT people are impacted by broadband technologies, with some highlights discussed below:

Identity Formation & Community Building

The Internet affords unprecedented opportunities for LGBT people to explore their sexuality and to connect with the larger community.