Grover Celebrates Pride!

At Grover, we love and appreciate diversity: we not only have 16 different nationalities represented in our office, but a myriad of sexual identities and gender expressions. June is Gay Pride Month, so we’re taking this opportunity to show our support for the LGBT community by changing our logo to a Pride rainbow version!

In the spirit of tech companies supporting LGBT advocacy and pride, this week on the blog we have a look at some of the gay icons of the tech world, and their inspiring messages to the gay community:

Tim Cook
via Apple

“I am who I am, and I’m focused on that, and being a great CEO of Apple.”

Tim Cook has been at the helm of Apple since 2011 and has been called “the most powerful gay man in technology.”

Edith Windsor
via MSNBC

“I think the truth is if you really care about the quality of somebody’s life as much as you care about the quality of your own, you have it made”

Edith Windsor won a case against the US government in 2013 which made her marriage to Dr. Thea Spyer the first US-recognized same-sex marriage, and formerly held the highest technical rank as an engineer at IBM

Jon “maddog” Hall
via Out

“Today I wrote an essay on Alan Turing and the 100th anniversary of his birthday.
I have made no bones about the fact that Alan Turing is a hero to me…
– He did so much for the industry with which that I have spent the last 42 years of my life.
– His brilliance helped defend the world against an unspeakable evil that engulfed whole nations, and turned Christian men and women against others seen as different from themselves.
– His country (and his world) hated him so much that they chemically castrated him, insulted him, and deprived him of the one thing he lived for, his work.

You can try to sugar-coat the events by saying ‘it was the law of the time’, but ‘the time’ was not that long ago, and in some places ‘that time’ still exists.”

Inspired to come out on Alan Turing’s 100th birthday, Jon Hall has been the executive director of tech nonprofit Linux International for over 18 years.

Megan Smith
via Wikipedia

“Right now, as an industry, we’re working hard on understanding bias against women and minorities that has been with us through all of history and trying to—in our tech way—debug that.”

Megan Smith was chief technology officer of the United States until January 2017, and formerly held the position of Vice President at Google[x] where her work included collaborating on outreach for fixing wide-spread gender, racial and anti-STEM/Tech unconscious bias in media.

Kara Swisher
via CNBC

Having a baby had always seemed the easiest and most natural thing to do, and I had never felt – even in my most furtive days of coming out – that being gay would mean I could not become a mother.”

Kara Swisher co-founded re/code, and is regarded as “Silicon Valley’s premier journalist” who also plans to run for mayor of San Francisco in 2023

Brad O’Farrell
via Flickr

Brad O’Farrell has done many things, but today we want to thank him most for popularizing Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat, one of the most delightful things on the internet: