Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and genderqueer people in geek communities face a range of issues which sometimes overlap with those experienced by women.
- Invisibility -- anything that assumes a heterosexual male audience assumes the absence of all women (because they are not male) as well as all gay and queer men (because they are not heterosexual).
- Sexualized environments may be uncomfortable to people who do not conform to the majority sexual identity
- Online harrassment in the form of "faggot" and "dyke" jokes
- Male Gaze, for example being defined as ugly by heterosexual men and heterocentric culture generally. This is especially relevant to butch women.
- Fetishization of lesbians: like wider society, some male geeks will fetishize lesbian sexuality depicted in pornography while treating as disgusting other lesbian or gay relationships or sexuality.
Gender and sexuality in databases Edit
A lot of software makes presumptions that users are cisgender or that they have cissexual bodies: social software often doesn't handle trans individuals' genders. Sometimes they cannot handle LGBT identities.
Online services/databases/standards that handle gender with at least some complexity:
- Facebook offers many gender options (February 2014)
- RFC 6350 (vCard) offers "O" (other) gender option (2011)
- Google+ "other" option (2011)
- Drupal.org gender discussions (2010)
- Why gender is a text field on Diaspora by Sarah Mei (November 2010)
Other articles about the issue:
- Gay Marriage: A Database Engineering Perspective
- Schemas for the Real World by Carina Zona (also: video of the talk)
- Thread about a transsexual woman in the open source community (Trigger warning: transphobic, misogynistic, and biologically essentialist comments.)
- Being Gay: Google+’s Missing Feature
- Stuff Geeks Love: Homophobia
- When the Gay Outweighs the Geek – An Unexpected Encounter with Homophobia
- A Brief Exploration of Misogyny and Homophobia in Geekdom
- Homophobia at BlizzCon: Is Gamer Culture Anti-Gay?
See also: Intersectionality