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5 Ways to Use Technology To Support the LGBTQ Community

September 14, 2018

There are many ways to support the LGBTQ community by using technology. Here are five of our favorites.



June was National Pride Month, created in honor of the famous Stonewall riots of June 1969, during which members of the LGBTQ community in New York City demonstrated for equal rights and treatment. This month, we celebrate the LGBTQ community by recognizing its influence and impact throughout the world.

There are many ways you can celebrate National Pride Month by simply using technology and social media. Here are five of our favorites.

1. Join The Conversation

The best way to be a part of the conversation is to join it. Use social media to follow and interact with key LGBTQ influencers, thought leaders and celebrities, including political activist Amy Siskind, commentator Janice Mock, Chicana writer Meyrude, investigative journalist Ronan Farrow and actors Sean Hayes and Laverne Cox.

Sites like PrideThe Hollywood Reporter and Mashable have lists to get you started.

2. Watch LGBT Programming

Watching TV shows and films about the LGBTQ experience is another great way to use technology to celebrate. One of the most anticipated TV programs this summer is Ryan Murphy’s “Pose,” which highlights New York City’s ball culture of the ’80s. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series, which premieres June 3 on FX, will feature the largest transgender series regular cast and the largest LGBTQ cast for a scripted series. The remaining episodes from the season will air early on FX+ on Sundays at 12:01 a.m.

“The show is about the search for being authentic, about creating opportunities,” Murphy told reporters in January. “We’re past an era of straight men playing these roles. It’s time to think differently and offer more opportunities to people who want to work. Many of this cast have never been in front of the camera before.” In May, he shared that all profits from the show are going to LGBTQ charities.

If you’re heading to the theater, check out Daze’s list of important LGBTQ films that are coming out in 2018, including feature attractions “Vita and Virginia” and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”

3. Keep Up with the Latest Issues

There are many organizations and media outlets that cover the LGBTQ community and have a plethora of information for you to read online, including the Human Rights CampaignGLAADOut Magazine and The Advocate.

GLAAD has several resources with a focus on the media. There’s links to LGBTQ issues targeting Spanish-language, global and regional audiences.

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