Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Silicon Valley || All-Gender Book Club Spring...


This event space is wheelchair accessible, with ADA compliant entrance and restrooms.
All ages welcome.
No ID required.
Read our Code of Conduct: Lesbianswhotech.org/code-of-conduct

Parking: Garage, Street; Bike Parking: Yes; Buses (vta.org): 22, 89, 522; Stanford Marguerite Shuttle: RP, SE (Research Park, Shopping Express)

The All-Gender Book Club is an interactive safe space for Lesbians Who Tech community members to learn, unpack, question, and challenge ourselves and each other. We actively center the experiences of LGBTQ women, WOC, and trans/nonbinary people, and we welcome allies to see from this cultural vantage. We actively build the queer culture and community we want to see in the world.

Twitter handles and hashtags:

@lesbiantech @domlet @LaurelBookStore #LWTEastBay #AllGenderBookClub

Rules of the All-Gender Book Club:

We read two books at a time. Because diversity. You can read one or both.

Cis Guys are welcome if they come as your guest. You are responsible for helping your guest understand the Lesbians Who Tech Code of Conduct. Cis guys seeking sponsors: ask around; do not show up unattached.

Gender is awesome, and we educate each other about it. We use all the terms (ie, femme-of-center, andro, butch, cishet, AFAB, AMAB, enbie, gender-fluid, trans masculine, etc.) and we honor each other by learning and using correct pronouns.

How to get 10% off because you're a LWT Book Club member: Purchase the Lipman audiobook here) from Laurel Book Store, a queer-owned, woman-owned small business in Oakland. Put "LWT Book Group" in the comments; discount will be applied after your order is received.

How to suggest a book: bit.ly/All-Gender-Book-Club-Suggestionbit.ly/All-Gender-Book-Club-Suggestions

Hosted by Dom Brassey (she/they)

Dom Brassey is an independent communications consultant, technologist, and game designer in Oakland, CA. Former VP Growth at Lesbians Who Tech + Allies; veteran prison educator, startup hustler, and gender nonconforming menswear model. Ready to build something wholly new. D&I on the side. Say hello.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dombrassey

Twitter: twitter.com/domlet

About Lesbians Who Tech

Lesbians Who Tech + Allies is a global community of over 30,000 LGBTQ women (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) and nonbinary or gender nonconforming people in tech. Lesbians Who Tech promotes the visibility, leadership, and education of our community. Join us in San Francisco for our 5th Annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit, March 1-3, 2018 – featuring Tegan and Sara, Ilene Chaiken, Sheryl Sandberg, Megan Smith, Leanne Pittsford, Kara Swisher, Sally Kohn, Bozoma "Boz" A. Saint John, and more.

Tickets: lesbianswhotech.org/sanfrancisco2018

Scholarships*: lesbianswhotech.org/sanfrancisco2018/scholarship

*Available for students, freelancers, and tech job-seekers.


6:30 PM - Arrival and networking

7:00 PM - Place food orders

7:10 PM - Host welcome 1:1 discussion prompts

7:30 PM - Facilitated group discussion

8:15 PM - End discussion, open networking

9:00 PM - Official end time

Spring 2018 Books:
That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together (2018)

by Joanne Lipman
From Robbie Myers NYT review: "Even before the exposure this fall of the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual predation (and the swift deposition of powerful men in entertainment, technology, politics, news, art and finance brought down by similar charges), men were already pretty freaked out about what they should and shouldn’t say to their female colleagues. It’s a situation that [has] gotten only more complicated since Lipman began writing this investigation into why the gender gap and its offspring — the wage gap, the achievement gap, the confidence gap, the respect gap, etc. — persist, despite decades of near parity in the numbers of men and women who work. [...] Lipman has sympathy for men in power, writing in her introduction that “the politics and vocabulary of ‘inclusion’” have made it “more fraught than ever for men to engage in this dialogue.” Citing the rise of “microaggressions” and “trigger warnings” and, with them, a pervasive fear of “offending any outsider group,” she asks, “Why wouldn’t men — especially the white men who dominate the upper reaches of business — be spooked?”

Book: laurelbookstore.com/book/9780062437211

E-book: laurelbookstore.com/ebook/9780062437235

Audiobook: bit.ly/that-s-what-she-said-audiobook
Author: twitter.com/joannelipman | joannelipman.com

Difficult Women (2017)

by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women tells of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and, grown now, must negotiate the elder sister’s marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women in a scintillating collection reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Anne Enright, and Miranda July.

Book: laurelbookstore.com/book/9780802127372
Author: twitter.com/rgay | roxanegay.com

Lesbians Who Tech + Allies is a global community of over 30,000 LGBTQ women (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) and gender nonconforming people in tech. Lesbians Who Tech promotes the visibility, leadership, and education of our community.

To learn more go to Lesbianswhotech.org
Lesbians Who Tech + Allies is a community of queer women in tech (and our allies) that started in San Francisco in December 2012. Since then, we’ve built a community of over 30,000 LGBTQ women and gender nonconforming people in 37 cities, including 5 international cities.

Lesbians Who Tech Press

If Every Tech Conference Were Like Lesbians Who Tech, Tech Would Be A Much Better Place // BuzzFeed
What it’s like to be a Lesbian in Tech // Fortune
Second Annual “Lesbians Who Tech” Summit Ups the Ante // Autostraddle
At Lesbians Who Tech, Silicon Valley is here and it's queer // DailyDot
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