Pride Month, held annually in June in the United States and throughout the year in February, August, September, and October in other countries around the globe, is a celebration that helps us learn about the challenges LGBTQ+ professionals and students overcame and the moments they contributed to massive achievements within the computing community.
LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and all other gender identities and sexual orientations used by members of the community)
Guided by the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and members across the Society, the IEEE Computer Society will uplift and celebrate the voices of the LGBTQ+ community. This supports our commitment to valuing human differences and removing barriers and biases in order to provide equal access and opportunity to succeed.
As a scientific community, this means actively engaging different perspectives from diverse backgrounds. It means investing in our communities and helping them solve challenges. It means guiding computing professionals to remove practices, policies, and beliefs that are harmful to the identities of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. The Society recognizes there is still more work needed in order to achieve our goals. We must amplify our values of providing for the whole computing community.
There is so much work being done by Computer Society Volunteers to support D&I, and we are looking forward to learning how we can help amplify and scale those activities to benefit even more people.” – Leila De Floriani, IEEE Computer Society President 2020
The IEEE Computer Society thanks our LGBTQ+ community members for advocating diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continue to create change and provide affirming spaces for all to show up as their authentic selves.
For this year’s Pride, we put together a combination of resources for and by the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, including career interviews, tips for conference organizers, and publications on topics relating to LGBTQ+ computing professionals.
Don’t forget to bookmark this page. We’ll add new interviews and resources weekly.
Pride in STEM Interviews
Personal experiences, words of encouragement, and career advice – these interviews include something for everyone, including LGBTQ+ professionals navigating their career trajectory, and members looking to learn and advocate for equity and inclusivity within STEM communities.
Dr. Bruno Lopes, Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (IC/UFF) and researcher at FR∀M∃ Lab
Tips for Making Conferences More LGBTQ+ Inclusive
Just like the many fields of computing, LGBTQ+ professionals and students are comprised of intersectional identities and communities. The technology and solutions we create are limited by the diversity and experience of the people driving innovation.
The Computer Society Conference Team has put together tips to guide conference organizers to create a more inclusive and affirming environment for researchers and professionals in the private sector to ensure a spectrum of ideas and experiences are being presented during IEEE Computer Society-sponsored conferences.
Established last year, the Diversity and Inclusion Fund was created to further the mission of the Computer Society to create a more inclusive and accessible computing community by supporting research and projects making an impact in communities around the globe.