Tech groups pledge to champion LGBTQ issues

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By Jane Corscadden

Members of Charged and Here NI on the march in Belfast Pride

As thousands of people prepare to take part in Belfast Pride today, two tech community group of volunteers in Northern Ireland are determined to increase visibility for LGBTQ issues.

Tech group Charged launched their first campaign earlier this year.

The ‘Pride in Tech’ event discussed LGBTQ issues in the tech community and how to make the industry more inclusive.

Andrew Cunningham from Charged said they want “companies to learn how to make their spaces more LGBTQ friendly”.

Another group advocating for further visibility are Here NI. Their focus is on issues affecting lesbian and bisexual women and their families. A particular issue which Hear NI focus on is adoption and the experiences of women going through the process.

The organisation undertakes numerous roles, including lobbying the government and providing a welcoming community space in Belfast.

Cara McCann

Cara McCann, Director of Here NI, said that increasing visibility for lesbian and bisexual women “has to be achieved on an individual and organisational level” in order to be successful.

“Here NI provides training for businesses. This entails looking at legislation and terminology and ensuring representation for lesbian and bisexual women in all industries.”

Here NI are producing a Pride calendar with 21 events scheduled to take place over two weeks.

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