In our first Pride interview with Solidatus executive assistant Tamaryn Kravleva-Greener, we looked at the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people from society – friends, family, colleagues. But acceptance comes in many different forms, and it could be said that it should start at home. The importance of acceptance from within the LGBTQ+ community is almost as important as acceptance from those outside.
Those in the LGBTQ+ community know that coming out and having a voice in society is, in many ways, as hard as it has always been. The stigma around being gay, queer or trans cuts as deep now as it did decades ago. Bias is still there. So is prejudice. But what has changed is the collective voice.
The birth of Pride
During the early morning hours of Saturday 28 June, 1969, customers at the Stonewall Inn bar in Greenwich Village, New York, stopped what they were doing as the music died and the lights came glaring back to life. “Police! We’re taking the place!” was all that could be heard in the place of music, chatting and laughter that had filled the Inn only moments before.
To finish up our annual series of Women Take Tech for International’s Women Day, I sat down with Solidatus Development Specialist Nadia Mahgerefteh to discuss her recent mentoring work. Over the course of eight weeks, Nadia has been sharing her skills and experience to mentor a group of women students.
As part of our annual series of Women Take Tech for International Women’s Day, I caught up this year with the Solidatus Chief Data Officer (CDO), Lorraine Waters. With a long and illustrious career, Lorraine is widely known as a thought leader in the data space, hailing from HSBC where she was the CDO for Global Compliance.