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Research

The LGBT Technology Institute strives to serve LGBT communities through education, programs, partnerships and research. Currently the research available around the LGBT community and technology, including research about adoption, use, trends and benefits is limited. The LGBT Technology Institute is committed to expanding this research to better LGBT communities all around the world.

Beyond Binary: LGBTQ+ Rights in the Digital Landscape

Our new report Beyond Binary takes a look at the current digital landscape of the United States, and the ways LGBTQ+ individuals rely on and are impacted by digital tools, spaces, and technologies.

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PowerOn International Report 2022

In 2022, LGBT Tech piloted its first international distribution of PowerOn technology to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers globally through our partnership with Safe Place International. Through years of work and building expertise, we understand the unique uses and reliance on technology by the LGBTQ+ community.

PowerOn Impact Report 2022

Each year, PowerOn conducts research with the organizations that were granted technology through the PowerOn program to better understand the impact of technology in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals. This research is conducted through an annual survey and with information collected throughout the year.

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Student Voices: LGBTQ+ Experiences in the Connected Classroom

LGBTQ+ Experiences in the Connected Classroom analyzes the concerns that arose in conversations with LGBTQ+ students regarding school technologies and privacy, including concerns about identity, parent/caregiver access to data, health information, and student safety. The report then outlines a series of recommendations and actionable steps for schools and districts to address those concerns and others.

The Role of Data Protection in safeguarding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Information

LGBTQ+ rights are, and have always been, linked with privacy. A new report from the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and LGBT Tech, “The Role of Data Protection in Safeguarding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Information” explores areas where misuse of data pertaining to an individual’s gender identity and sexual orientation can manifest harms, and suggests ways to mitigate risk to individuals and communities.

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Connect4life

The research behind LGBT Tech's PowerOn Program

“With LGBT youth being disproportionately affected by homelessness, the effects of “Connect 4 Life” could be far-reaching.” ~Huffington PostConnect 4 Life is a first-of-it’s-kind program developed to put mobile technology into the hands of one of the LGBT communities most vulnerable populations. According to a landmark 2012 study and part of the LGBT Technology Institute’s Connect 4 Life research, nearly 40% of America’s homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. This equates to over 650,000 LGBT youth on America’s streets at any given moment.

Vision For Inclusion: 
An LGBT Broadband Future

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, released June 26, 2014, brings together a wide range of research to explore the importance of broadband technologies to the LGBT community.

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PowerOn Impact Report 2021

Each year, PowerOn conducts research with the organizations that were granted technology through the PowerOn program to better understand the impact of technology in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals. This research is conducted through an annual survey and with information collected throughout the year.

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