This article was published on August 15th, 2017
When it comes to technology, the LGBT community is much quicker than the rest of the world when it comes to being an early adopter. In immortal words of Samantha Jones: “First comes the gays, then the girls, then the industry!” The LGBT community are typically early adopters when it comes to what’s hot, fresh, and new, but what is it about new tech that gets the gay gears going?
Advanced technology and gay folks go hand-in-hand. Many advancements over the decades have been specifically designed with the gays in mind. Give gays the Internet, and they’ll use it to connect with one another. The smartphone brought apps allowing queers to find each other and connect. Give the LGBT community the newest energy-efficient cars, and they’ll be the first to embrace such an intelligent, progressive purchase to friends and family.
It’s not as if gay people aren’t also some of the visionaries who brought us these advancements in the first place. Gay people can be credited with technological advancements dating hundreds, if not thousands of years before the likes of Alan Turing, and are still making waves today. A gay man invented Grindr, which not only changed the way gay men connect and date, but it provided a backdrop for others to piggyback upon. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Wayz, TaskRabbit, etc. all use location-based services that Grindr pioneered to operate their businesses. Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, helped to connect the world with each other as there are now more than two-billion users.
Some might say queer people’s obsession with tech goes hand in hand with their obsession over whatever is hot, new and fresh. It an internalized desires to stay young, fresh, and relevant. Gays have pride in knowing what is the latest, greatest thing. Owning the newest iPhone won’t do much for you on the social level, other than being able to hop on board the topic du jour on social media. But owning that iPhone, around the time when others are ditching their old phones for the latest update, will mean that the purchaser can be a part of the conversation. It is an innate desire to fit in and be a part of a group of similar people.
Perhaps gays and technology are natural allies. Progressive advancements have allowed gay people to do what was previously conceived as impossible, like bare biological children from two same-sex parents. Tech has helped the LGBT community to galvanize the troops and win elections with forward-thinking and accepting candidates. Technology has allowed gays to connect and share their story with millions of people around the world, putting a face on our lives and the way we live, demonstrating to the world that we really are just like everyone else in wanting to live happy, healthy lives with people we love.