The Fight for Equality: Combating LGBTQIA+ Discrimination

The Fight for Equality: Combating LGBTQIA+ Discrimination


On July 1, 2022, Florida’s HB1557, often referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bill, will become effective statewide.

At, we vehemently oppose this anti-gay bill, which was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 28, 2022.

This Elevating Conversations event discussed the ramifications of such dangerous legislation and explore how individuals and organizations can collaborate, and advocate to overturn it.

Nadine Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBTQIA+ community, was joined by Amanda Hill-Atkinson, Head of Programs at and Former Deputy Director of Georgia Equality for a fireside chat.

The conversation examines the critical importance of fostering fair and inclusive learning and working environments and was hosted by Fellow-In-Residence Dr. Kai Two Feathers Orton.


Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
    Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event.