Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-12-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Queer Tech Club reflects growing interest in STEM
by Ashley Collins
2018-10-03

This article shared 1767 times since Wed Oct 3, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The Queer Tech Club ( QTC ) is a 501( c )( 7 ) organization that brings together LGBTQ professionals who work in technology to share their professionalism, workspace, and interests with one another. One of the many things that sets this organization apart is its members' involvement. Members who work for a company they may feel represents the club's interests and ideas have an opportunity to sponsor and host one of their many monthly events throughout the year.

With almost 3,000 members, according to Meetup, and more than 50 monthly happy-hour events, QTC has been able to broaden its reach through social media, but mainly face-to-face interactions over the last five years. Each month, the organization grows at a steady pace, with about 50 new members and around 100 attendees at their monthly meetings—showing an increasing interest in STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics ).

Sarah Goldberg—one of QTC's coordinators, whose involvement in the organization began in 2017—said her background is in being a "professional nerd." Goldberg's position in the organization is to coordinate with sponsors who potentially want to host one of their monthly events.

"I knew about it as this place that I would go and meet people," said Goldberg. "If you are job hunting, there's nothing quite as great as meeting someone face to face and having that opportunity to put a face to the name."

Since its beginning in 2013, QTC has created a platform that allows them to focus on developing relationships with individuals in the LGBTQ community. According to Goldberg, one of the core missions of the organization is to bring individuals together face to face who share some of the same identities.

"We are LGBTQ, and we want to see the tech industry grow," said Tim Carbonara, another QTC coordinator, who manages the club's social media outlets and web content.

"We definitely have people who approach us at a lot of events and say, "Hey, how can I get more involved?" Goldberg said. "At this point, I think we're at the perfect [number] of co-organizers, where we can all do stuff and get things done."

Something that sets QTC apart from other organizations is that outside announcement announcements are allowed, she added.

"We've had a lot of great events where people will come up and say, "Hey, I'm doing this coding boot camp and I'm getting started and I need a mentor. We also give people the opportunity to say, 'Hey, I'm hiring,' or, 'Hey, I'm looking to be hired,' which takes a lot of guts," Goldberg said.

QTC also ensures it creates a safe place for their members and sponsors. The organization has a code of conduct, and if members have any concerns or doubts they can personally reach out to the organization.

The Queer Tech Club is open to the public and anyone who is looking for a new opportunity to network. The organization uses Meetup for individuals to sign up for its events.

For more information, visit www.queertechclub.com .


This article shared 1767 times since Wed Oct 3, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

PASSAGES Information technology specialist Erik Burns dies at 45 2021-12-20
- Tribune Media Service Delivery Vice President and former information technology (IT) project manager Erik Burns died Dec. 10 after a 13-month battle with stage four metastatic colon cancer. He was 45. ...


Gay News

Actress Angelica Ross transfers leadership of trans talent incubator to E.C. Pizarro III 2021-11-04
- In 2017, E.C. Pizarro III listened as Angelica Ross presented about TransTech Social Enterprises, an incubator to build and promote transgender talent in technology fields. He approached her afterward, volunteering to design artwork for TransTech. Now, ...


Gay News

HHS to improve interoperability for handling data on sexual orientation, gender identity 2021-07-09
--From a press release - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released the United States Core Data for Interoperability version 2 (USCDI v2), a standardized set of he ...


Gay News

Blue Man Group returning Aug. 18 2021-06-16
- Blue Man Group will return to Chicago's Briar Street Theatre on Wed., Aug. 18. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, Blue Man Group encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child ...


Gay News

ATTRACTIONS Museum provides WNDR-ful experiences for all ages 2021-06-14
- WNDR Museum—an original immersive art and technology experience—is in the city's West Loop neighborhood, at 1130 W. Monroe St. The 10,000-square-foot museum is filled with interactive artworks by cutting edge ...


Gay News

U.S. State Dept. reverses citizenship policy involving children 2021-05-18
- The State Department will now grant U.S. citizenship to children born overseas to same-and opposite-sex U.S. couples through in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technology, ABC News reported. The new policy comes after the ...


Gay News

NBJC and Out in Tech kick off Pride with launch of Lavender Book app 2021-05-18
--From a press release - As Pride Month approaches, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and Out in Tech are launching Lavender Book, a web based app dedicated to finding safe and inclusive spaces for members of the Queer BIPOC community ...


Gay News

Social exclusion, career limitations hinder LGBTQ STEM professionals 2021-01-17
- ANN ARBOR—LGBTQ professionals' pride in their science, technology, engineering, and math work is not reciprocated, say researchers. These STEM professionals are more likely to experience career limitations, social exclusion and ...


Gay News

Talkin' Tech: Trump campaign website hacked and defaced 2020-10-28
- On Oct. 27, 2020 shortly before 6 p.m. central time, Donald Trump's campaign website, www.donaldjtrump.com, was hacked. The hackers left a message claiming they had proof the Trump administration was involved the origin of the Corona Virus ...


Gay News

Talkin' Tech: Election technology; Pitfalls and triumphs explained 2020-10-27
- It is election season 2020 and a lot of false information is circling the recent news (and fake news) regarding your vote. The 2016 elections showed a lot of technology pitfalls when it came to foreign ...


Gay News

Talkin' Tech: Ocasio-Cortez first in Congress to use Twitch platform to 'get out the vote' 2020-10-23
- In what is a first, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the Twitch streaming platform for gamers to encourage gamers to help her 'get out the vote' before the Nov. 3 elections. She played the game Among ...


Gay News

Pride Fall Film Festival Oct. 12 2020-10-07
- Eight short films, including work by new directors, some using new technology (iPhone 11, Filmic Pro), in explore sexual orientation and gender identity across cultures and among male and female-identifying ...


Gay News

PASSAGES W. Geoffrey Pritzlaff 2019-12-18
- W. Geoffrey "Geo" Pritzlaff passed away unexpectedly Dec. 13. He was 46. A native of Rockford, Illinois, Pritzlaff was a technology product manager working for Cars.com. He loved Star Trek, Doctor Who, Madonna, Transformers, cooking and ...


Gay News

LGBT Chamber holds inaugural Biz Boot Camp pitch competition 2019-11-14
- The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (LGBTCC) held its inaugural LGBTQ+ Biz Boot Camp pitch competition event Nov. 12 at 1871, Chicago's technology and entrepreneur center at theMART (formerly Merchandise Mart). About a year ago, ...


Gay News

POETRY Morgan Green merging language, technology for live performances 2019-01-30
- Morgan Green is one of five resident artists at the Mana New Media Program, a collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) that supports work focused on the intersection of art and ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.