Los Angeles, CA November 21, 2015
Deconstructing Binary Spaces
Many discussions of gender in technology focus on making tech a friendlier space for women. But what can we do to deconstruct our reliance on binary notions of gender in technology spaces? How do we decenter cisgender experience in our discussions of gender diversity? What steps can we take to make our workplaces, conferences, and discussions more friendly to trans and gender non-conforming people? While the tech world certainly has some highly visible out trans women (most of whom are white and highly educated), tech is still quite exclusive and out of reach for most transgender people. In my job, I work with hundreds of transgender people seeking basic employment-- most of whom have little formal education and non-traditional work histories. How can we make tech accessible to them?