(VIDEO) Twitter’s Head of Diversity on Making Pride a Year-Long Exercise

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James Loduca grew up a queer Latinx kid from a Catholic immigrant family in the agricultural Central Valley of California during the height of the AIDS epidemic. By the time he reached 25, he had been kicked out of homes, beat up, arrested, and sexually assaulted. Today, he helps lead global inclusion and diversity at Twitter, where they’re on a journey to be the most diverse, inclusive, and accessible tech company. Data from the 2019 Global Inclusion Survey show that 10 percent of U.S. Tweeps (as Twitter employees are called) self-identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, outpacing many peer companies. James said in an essay about Twitter’s diversity, “It’s an especially important time for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Much like advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, it requires practicing allyship every day.”

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