Queering the Tech Ecosystem: Barriers and Opportunties

We are thrilled to announce the release of our report, which sheds light on the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in the tech industry. Our goal is to raise awareness about the unique challenges and opportunities facing this community and ignite a conversation that will bring about real, positive change. With this report, we are paving the way for a tech industry that values diversity, inclusivity, and empathy.

This launch is just the beginning of our mission to effect meaningful, lasting change through research and advocacy. We are committed to building a foundation for an industry that celebrates and leverages the potential of all its members.

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About Our Report

There’s a startling lack of data surrounding 2SLGBTQIA+ experiences across the Canadian technology sector. This lack of information contributes to existing barriers, and hinders efforts of queer inclusion as a whole. At QueerTech, we’re working to fix that.

This mixed-methods report, three years in the making, is composed of quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews and a complimentary literature review. Specifically, the collaborative report explores:

  • Queer Experiences in Tech
  • Acquiring Employment
  • Workplace Culture Index
  • Tailored Industry Frameworks and Recommendations
  • And more!

The Methodology

This study set out to explore three specific research questions:

  • What are the lived experiences of 2SLGBTQIA+ people working in the Canadian tech industry?
  • How could the tech industry adapt its work culture to better recruit and retain members of these communities?
  • What barriers need to be eliminated, and what tools can be implemented to do so?

QueerTech’s goal for this study is to produce meaningful, thought-provoking research that has a positive impact on the conditions and experiences of 2SLGBTQIA+ people working in the Canadian tech sector, ultimately contributing to a more equitable and thriving tech industry.

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Data Collection Methods

To answer these questions, an extensive review was conducted of all relevant academic literature pertaining to 2SLGBTQIA+ people in the tech industry. Research activities also included a quantitative survey of 254 people and qualitative interviews with a representative sample of 30 people who work in the tech industry and identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Sample Survey Questions

  1. To what extent do you feel that your current place of employment is a safe space for you to be yourself?
  2. To what extent do you feel that your current place of employment is a safe space for others from diverse backgrounds to be themselves?
  3. To what extent are you “out” at work?
  4. Have you experienced discrimination during at least one job interview? Part 2: How could the industry adapt its work culture to better recruit and retain members of these communities?
  5. To what extent do you believe your 2SLGBTQIA+ identity has played a beneficial role in acquiring employment?
  6. Does your employer have equity, diversity and inclusion programs/initiatives? Do you find them effective?
  7. Are there people who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ in senior positions at your place of work? *Duplicated for mentorship roles.
  8. Do you believe the atmosphere for 2SLGBTQIA+ employees is improving?
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Empower Change through Insightful Research and Practical Tools

At QueerTech, we understand that the true power of data and research lies not only in detailed findings but in actively supporting the implementation of the changes we strive to see in the world. Our latest research report offers invaluable recommendations tailored for our ecosystem partners—from government bodies to tech industry leaders—guiding them towards a more inclusive and equitable work environment.

Our Approach to the Research Release: Making Impactful Information Accessible


Free Literature Review

Start with the basics—access our comprehensive Literature Review at no cost.

Complimentary Research Report (Excluding Recommendations) 

Explore the initial findings with a free download of the Research Report, excluding the strategic recommendations.

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Complete Research Report

Dive deep into our full insights and recommendations tailored for pivotal change across the tech landscape.

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Exclusive Webinar 

Join our focused webinar to walk through the report’s details and understand our vision for its impact within the tech ecosystem. Scheduled for July 2024 

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EDI Tool-kits

Equip yourself with three specially developed EDI Tool-kits coming in Autumn 2024, designed to facilitate the practical application of our outlined recommendations.

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Unlock the QueerTech Research Report 2024: Barriers and Opportunities

Join us in understanding the crucial barriers and emerging opportunities for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in the technology sector with our latest comprehensive study. Explore our diverse purchase options tailored to meet your needs and interests. Each purchase supports QueerTech’s ongoing research and advocacy efforts to foster a more inclusive and equitable tech industry. Get your copy today and be a part of the movement towards a more diverse technology landscape.
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Literature Review & QT Research Report (Free Version)

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Thank You To Our Research Partners!

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Various organizations, institutions and individuals contributed to the successful completion of this report.

Research Partners
MITACS, Imagine Ideation, CESAR, Centre de Recherche De L'IUSMM, Université de Montreal, Concordia University, and the Gina Cody School of Engineering

Research Partners
MITACS, Imagine Ideation, CESAR, Centre de Recherche De L'IUSMM, Université de Montreal, Concordia University, and the Gina Cody School of Engineering

Academic Researchers
Dr. Robert-Paul Juster, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Université de Montréal, Department of Psychiatry & Addiction
Katerine Lehmann, Project Coordinator and Student Researcher, Université de Sherbrooke
Samuel Villeneuve, Student Researcher, Université de Sherbrooke
Ophélie Larocque, Research Assistant, Université de Sherbrooke
Sanjna Navani, Research Assistant, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Bradley Por, Doctoral Candidate, McGill Faculty of Law


QueerTech Research Team

Amanda Chalupa, Communications Officer and QueerTech Research Manager, SSHRC-CRSH
Naoufel Testaouni, CEO & Co-Founder, QueerTech
Eustacio (Andy) Saldaña, COO & Co-Founder, QueerTech
Lauren Hicks, Industry Report Developer, New River Media
Guy Tsror, Advisor and Former Director, QueerTech
Christiane Wherry, Advisor and Former Director, QueerTech
Paul Saiedi, Advisor and Director, QueerTech
Lisa Gibson, Advisor and Director, QueerTech

Accenture Volunteer Contributors
Belange Nohra, Selen Basar Atassi, Helene Vallières-Goulet, Heather Romito, Frances Shi, Stephanie Malcolm, Jennifer Chan, Stephanie Butler, Neha Gosai, Yuan Yuan, Dhanya Asokan, and Hannah Nazar


Thank You to Our Corporate Members!

QueerTech would also like to thank our Corporate Members for their contributions to this initiative and for continuously supporting the work we do. With your continued support, we can do more and go further in queering the tech ecosystem!