Diverse Leaders Making a Difference

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See It To Be It

The facts are in, and the importance of relatable role models can't be understated. No matter who we are or where we come from, having role models that look like us, with similar backgrounds and similar stories, matters.

At On The Dot we highlight amazing people from diverse backgrounds whose journey and inspiration remind us that we are not alone, and that their opportunities can be our opportunities. 

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Leanne Pittsford: How to Be an LGBTQ Ally in Tech

 Leanne started what’s now known as the largest LGBTQ community of techies in the world: Lesbians Who Tech, now 50,000 LGBTQ women and trans, non-binary individuals and allies.

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Raffi Freedman-Gurspan: Transgender Rights are Human Rights

 President Obama hired Raffi to act as the outreach and recruitment director for his personnel. Her resume spoke for itself, with work as a policy advisor for the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. She also acted as the legislative director for Rep. Carl Sciortino. Did I mention that this was all before hitting her late 20s? 

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Danica Roem: Meet the First Openly Transgender Woman Elected to a US State Legislature

 Danica Roem made history in 2018 when she was sworn into the Virginia House of Delegates. The first openly transgender woman to be elected to the United States Legislature, Danica has been instrumental in paving the way to recognize trans politicians. 

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Raquel Willis: The Difference Between “She/Her” and “Them/Their”

 Raquel’s advocacy is storied, from issues like trans profiling by police, to mass incarceration. During her time as a former national organizer for the Transgender Law Center, Raquel says she began the position with communications in mind. Her penchant for social justice instilled a passion to learn and understand community organization and activism.

Now, as the first queer transgender person to hold the executive editor position at Out, Raquel takes it as a great responsibility to be candid about who she is and how she got there.