Season 1 Episode 7 Jun 23, 2020

Voices From DEV Pride

Pitch

Here at DEV, we decided to kick off #DEVPride, a celebration of community members who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ by collecting stories (link in the show notes), and voice recordings from the community featured in this montage.

Description

Each June, communities across the world celebrate Pride Month as an important, reflective, and joyful time to recognize both the ongoing adversities and inspiring achievements of LGBTQIA+ people everywhere. DEV has decided to post this episode on June 23rd, because on this day in 1912, English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist, Alan Turing was born. Turing's accomplishments were astounding and groundbreaking during his lifetime and still are today: He invented the device that broke the code for the German Enigma machine, a device for sending coded messages to units of the German forces during WWII. Later, he would also break the Naval Enigma, which had vastly more complicated code than the first. Turing's work had to be conducted so secretly that the importance of what he accomplished — and the degree to which he shortened the war— were vastly overlooked at the time. Turing also happened to be gay. He died at the age of 41, two years after being stripped of his security clearance and charged legally and violently for his sexuality at the hands of the same government he served during the war. Turing was not only an astounding technologist — he remains a symbol of the triumphs of LGBTQIA+ folks in tech in spite of overwhelming persecution. This year, Pride Month is particularly poignant. The United States - and the world - is finally beginning to grapple with the countless deaths faced by Black people due to police brutality, overt racism, and systemic hatred for centuries. In the midst of this pain and important work, we cannot forget the particularly deep and painful impact experienced by the LGBTQIA+ individuals that overlap with these communities. Black and transgender women are particularly oppressed and at risk of being victims of violence. For more data on the disproportionate affect of violence on the transgender and gender non-conforming community in 2020 alone, please read the report in our shownotes titled, “Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020.” Most importantly, you can support Black LGBTQIA+ people with your signatures and money. Discover ways to do so via GLAAD. Please enjoy this collection of recordings collected from the DEV community about their experiences being a LGBTQIA+ developer and what makes them proud.

Show Notes

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7088326

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00:04:55

Transcript

[00:00:00] Hey DevDiscuss listeners, this is Levi, the producer of the podcast. Each June, communities across the world celebrate Pride Month as an important, reflective, and joyful time to recognize both the ongoing adversities and inspiring achievements of LGBTQIA+ people everywhere. Here at DEV, we decided to kick off DEVPride, by collecting stories from the community which you can find the link to in our shownotes, and by collecting voice recordings, which we are featuring in a montage right here where folks talk about their experiences being a LGBTQIA+ developer and what makes them proud.

 

This year, Pride Month is particularly poignant. The United States - and the world - is finally beginning to grapple with the countless deaths faced by Black people due to police brutality, overt racism, and systemic hatred for centuries. In the midst of this pain and important work, we cannot forget the particularly deep and painful impact experienced by the LGBTQIA+ individuals that overlap with these communities. Black and transgender women are particularly oppressed and at risk of being victims of violence. For more data on the disproportionate affect of violence on the transgender and gender non-conforming community in 2020 alone, please read the report in our shownotes titled, “Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020.” Most importantly, you can support Black LGBTQIA+ people with your signatures and money. Discover ways to do so via GLAAD, link is also in our shownotes.

 

I’m not a developer, but as a queer, polyamorous, person of color myself, I would like to contribute to this montage but just saying that I am proud to work at a place like DEV, which has been is an incredibly welcoming place to work, where differences are celebrated. I am grateful that a place like this exists with the main goal to build a safe and diverse community within tech, an industry that has been and still continues to be dishearteningly homogenous. So, please enjoy listening to this montage of  others' experiences and about what makes them.

 

[00:02:24] I’m Proud to be a developer, because I get to solve interesting problems every single day. I get to work with people to solve their problems and try to understand how we could leverage code to make people's lives easier which is so so fun. And I'm proud to be a queer and a queer developer because I can just prove to people following this path that they could be where I am and you know they're savvy enough to write code no matter what they look like who they are or who they love. So all in all I'm a proud queer developer.

 

[00:02:58] Hi, my name is Diana Rodriguez. And I wanted to share a little bit about my experience. I am proud to be part of a developer community. I am thirty-seven years old and I am pansexual and I love the fact that we can embrace ourselves that we can be free. That there Is this environment that is being fostered to help people feel included regardless of their circumstance. And I think this is what is making our developer community more inclusive and welcoming and different. Twenty years ago I wouldn't have dreamed of sharing my story and sharing my feelings and doing things like coming out to the world, you know without being scared. And right now I feel like this is a moment when we can truly embrace ourselves, that we can truly be ourselves, that we are not limited.

 

[00:04:04] This is Josh and I'm a principal software engineer here at DEV. This pride I am particularly proud to be a part of the amazing team working on this very site. I'm also proud of the wonderful community here at Dev. You all are the reason behind the work I do every day. I've been an out gay man in the software industry for two decades now and while we have a long way to go as a society and as an industry to build an inclusive and safe space for all people for just a moment I hope you'll join me in celebrating the progress we've made, then let's get back to working at building a better future for everyone that lets us celebrate our differences in race gender and sexual orientation. This Pride Month I hope that you can be safe, healthy and proud of something in your life. Thank you.