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I just discovered this was a thing and had to share it here. Its so fucking ridiculous.

First off, their slogan is "Queer, Inclusive, Badass" (starting with a slur. Lovely)

And here's their About Us blurb:

Pride month may be over, but LGBTQ lives are at risk. Trans Americans of all ages are under attack, women and people with the capacity for pregnancy have lost fundamental freedoms. Black, Latinx, and Asian Americans still face overt and systemic racism. Our workforce is experiencing extreme burnout, COVID-19 has shifted how we work faster than companies can keep up with, and most days we’re simply trying to keep up. Which is why we’re coming together in San Francisco and all over the world virtually to heal and prepare for the road ahead.

I love how they whine about racism while using a racist colonizer term like "Latinx". Also, of fucking course they address "transphobia" before touching on Roe v Wade at a WOMEN'S event. Can't let those lesbians forget who actually matters here!

There will be daycare, a kids meetup, ping pong, basketball hoops, mentoring and more. We expect over 15K to join us from all over the world.

Hopefully the drag queens they hire to watch the kids aren't convicted sex offenders this time....

Also, most of the speakers aren't tech people (and a lot of them are men). Most of them are some flavor of activist and look like they can barely work a smartphone, let alone offer any insight into what its like to be a woman in tech.

Speakers include notable ""lesbians"" like Chuckie Clymer and the (male) founder of Air BnB.

The mayor of San Francisco is also there. I'd like to believe that the attendees will ask her about all the human shit and homeless people they had to dodge to get there. But I'm guessing the mayor will just clean up the area around the conference and shuffle the homeless off to some poor neighborhood

So it looks like this is yet another lesbian/woman event that got colonized by trans/queer bullshit. And I'm pretty sure the tech part will also take a backseat to whining about trans issues and coddling all the men in attendance

I [just discovered this was a thing and had to share it here. Its so fucking ridiculous. ](https://lesbianswhotech.org/sanfrancisco2022/) First off, their slogan is "Queer, Inclusive, Badass" (starting with a slur. Lovely) And here's their About Us blurb: >Pride month may be over, but LGBTQ lives are at risk. Trans Americans of all ages are under attack, women and people with the capacity for pregnancy have lost fundamental freedoms. Black, Latinx, and Asian Americans still face overt and systemic racism. Our workforce is experiencing extreme burnout, COVID-19 has shifted how we work faster than companies can keep up with, and most days we’re simply trying to keep up. Which is why we’re coming together in San Francisco and all over the world virtually to heal and prepare for the road ahead. I love how they whine about racism while using a racist colonizer term like "Latinx". Also, of fucking course they address "transphobia" before touching on Roe v Wade at a WOMEN'S event. Can't let those lesbians forget who actually matters here! >There will be daycare, a kids meetup, ping pong, basketball hoops, mentoring and more. We expect over 15K to join us from all over the world. Hopefully the drag queens they hire to watch the kids aren't convicted sex offenders this time.... Also, most of the speakers aren't tech people (and a lot of them are men). Most of them are some flavor of activist and look like they can barely work a smartphone, let alone offer any insight into what its like to be a woman in tech. Speakers include notable ""lesbians"" like Chuckie Clymer and the (male) founder of Air BnB. The mayor of San Francisco is also there. I'd like to believe that the attendees will ask her about all the human shit and homeless people they had to dodge to get there. But I'm guessing the mayor will just clean up the area around the conference and shuffle the homeless off to some poor neighborhood So it looks like this is yet another lesbian/woman event that got colonized by trans/queer bullshit. And I'm pretty sure the tech part will also take a backseat to whining about trans issues and coddling all the men in attendance

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[–] lucrecia 10 points Edited

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Okay yeah these people have never so much as seen a person in tech.

I wondered what this event actually was. It seemed to have nothing to do with lesbians and nothing to do with tech. I looked at the agenda; a lot of sessions! Mostly fluff. So then I suspected it was a kind of pyramid scheme for speakers, and found this:

All speakers receive a free ticket to attend Summit. If your company has 100 or more employees and/or has raised more than $10M in funding, we require your company to purchase a pay-it-forward ticket to support our scholarship and travel fund.

So maybe that explains it. Maybe they give basically anyone a speaking slot and then charge their company $800?

Networking opportunities with badass techies

that right there sounds like evidence there will be no tech people at the event. In the agenda, I did spot a tiny handful of people giving tech talks. I imagine they'll be pretty lonely.

(also lol, looks like maybe a leftover page from before they got colonised?: https://lesbianswhotech.org/pro-tips-for-speaking-at-summit/ (compare with the actual agenda: https://events.lesbianswhotech.org/sanfrancisco2022/agenda .) Or did nobody submit tech talks? They mention their community telling them to sort their shit out ("Our community has asked for more tech-forward content"); did nobody attend the last event? So many questions...)

EDIT: then I found a rather sad video where some women talked about their misconceptions of what they thought the conference was going to be, where the imaginary version sounded quite nice ('a bunch of old lesbians wearing flannel and yammering on about javascript'), but NO, this is a conference for YOUNG women, 15% of whom are male! Put on some makeup and grab a hula hoop, we're here to have a conversation about diversity!

[–] Lipsy i/just/can't 8 points

but NO, this is a conference for YOUNG women, 15% of whom are male!

15%? Seems low

:D That's just the stat they gave, I've no idea about the reliability.

Thanks for the detective work. I laughed at "We are not a diversity conference" 🤣

Oh my god did you see this: https://lesbianswhotech.org/convince-your-boss-pride/

I'm trying to imagine presenting that to any of my past managers in any line of work with a straight face.

That is hilarious! Imagine pulling this shit to try and guilt your boss into paying for a vacation!

I almost admire how brazen their grifting is.