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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Tolia

LGBTQ In Tech: Their Stories

In honor of the past Pride Month, we would like to spotlight some of the tech world's brightest and most successful LGBTQ leaders who aim to create a more inclusive environment not only for women but for the silent minority, the LGBTQ community. In recent years, a number of initiatives have emerged for those who are both in the tech community and the LGBTQ community. Lesbians Who Tech, Trans Tech Social Enterprises, and StartOut are a few great organizations who advocate for the LGBTQ tech community. Brought to you by NBC News here is the story of Martine Rothblatt and her journey in tech as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Martine Rothblatt is one of the tech world's smartest and brightest entrepreneurs. She has done just about everything from founding two companies, becoming a lawyer, advocating for the LGBTQ community, executive producing two films, and helping create the world’s first all-electric powered helicopter. Rothblatt is an incredible woman with quite a resume, but it wasn’t always easy for her.

Born in San Diego, California Rothblatt graduated from the University of California with a degree in not tech, but with a doctorate in Law. She began work in Washington DC in the field of satellite communications law where she, nine years later, would launch the first satellite-to-car broadcasting system Sirius Satellite Radio, which now has an estimated 34.5 million subscribers. In 1994, after her daughter’s diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension, Rothblatt founded the PPH Cure Foundation and United Therapeutics and came out publicly as transgender.

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