The tech industry rallying together to support America’s LGBT community means far more than just protecting business though. It is also an important reminder of the profound impact that technology and the Internet have on the lives of minority, marginalized, and repressed communities, including the diverse LGBT community.
LGBT individuals have always been early adopters of technology, especially social media. A recent study found that more than 80% of LGBT respondents utilized social media, compared to 58% of the general population. There are a variety of reasons for this, but one of the most likely drivers of this adoption is that LGBT individuals are seeking tools that enable them to find a community of like-minded individuals and are trying to connect with others that they can identify with. This could be a teenage girl grappling with her sexuality or an elderly man in rural America hoping to finally be able to share who he truly is with someone.