While there is no one-size-fits-all advice in the tech industry, Ireland recommends the following, which helped her lead a more successful career filled with happiness and productivity:
“Make yourself visible and your needs heard. The community’s needs are unique and not initially obvious to those unfamiliar. Additionally, language is super important, so make your pronouns known and stand up for yourself.”
At Synopsys, our PRIDE ERG creates a supportive environment where people who identify as LGBTQIA+ can be their authentic selves and network with others like them around the world. The group strives to foster an inclusive and affirming space for LGBTQIA+ people within Synopsys and the industry by supporting, advocating, and empowering the community.
One of the reasons Luna is proud to be a part of the PRIDE ERG is because it’s important to cultivate relationships by networking and expanding who you know and talk to; being yourself in the office and with your coworkers makes it easier to cultivate relationships. In addition to the PRIDE ERG, Kim also shared that Synopsys encourages discussions in the form of external conferences and programs. Notably, she recently participated in Out in Tech, which pairs LGBTQIA+ youth aged 17-24 with tech professionals to learn a mix of technical and professional skills needed for launching a successful career.
Whether you’re wearing a Pride sticker or supporting LGBTQIA+ colleagues who are “coming out,” our combined impact creates a safe workplace, encourages inclusion, and leads to a thriving company. As we participate in Pride celebrations, we should take the opportunity to elevate and encourage LGBTQIA+ voices and perspectives to be heard during this month of celebration and throughout the year, as Pride is every day!