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LGBT Tech Spotlight: Bay Area Reporter Features Our Digital Equity Efforts

Thank You, Bay Area Reporter, for Featuring Our Work!

We are thrilled to share that the Bay Area Reporter has spotlighted LGBT Tech and our organization's programs, which aim to bridge the digital divide for LGBTQ+ communities. Our efforts help LGBTQ+ individuals access essential resources, connect with supportive communities, and improve their lives through technology.

Kristen Kelley, our director of programs, highlights the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community in using technology for connection and support. Through PowerOn, we've empowered numerous LGBTQ+ centers across the U.S., especially in rural areas, by enhancing their tech capabilities and enabling vital virtual programming. For example, The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity in Bakersfield has extended its reach thanks to our grants. Similarly, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center has leveraged our support for their Economic Justice Program, helping youth facing homelessness and economic challenges access professional development and job opportunities.

Additionally, Shae Gardner, our Policy Director, provides insights on our importance on research initiatives; "We have a really fantastic feedback loop that we've managed to create that allows research to underscore everything — all the decisions we make in all the work that we provide — and that feedback loop involves research between our community centers, understanding what really is impacting the community, and then working within the industry with other civil organizations and companies. It gives us all the ability to marry that community with research and outreach that we have."

Looking ahead, LGBT Tech plans to release a guidebook on online safety and cybersecurity tailored for LGBTQ+ nonprofits, ensuring that increased tech access comes with robust protection for personal information.

As we continue to grow and receive a record number of grant applications, we're dedicated to addressing the specific needs of LGBTQ+ communities nationwide. Our work not only bridges the digital divide but also fosters empowerment and connectivity in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

For more information about LGBT Tech and the PowerOn program, visit LGBT Tech and PowerOn.

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