Sam Altman To Be Honored By GLAAD For Empowering LGBTQ Inclusion In Tech
Sam Altman, at just 32, has become a strong advocate for startups, innovation, inclusion, and politics. Altman is the current President of that nation’s number one startup accelerator program, Y-Combinator.
When Altman is not busy mentoring and developing the nation and the world’s biggest startups he’s fighting for the rights of millennials, young people, entrepreneurs and just people in general. He’s launched a website the United Slate of California where right now he’s pushing a possible ballot initiative for 2018 that could potentially alleviate the housing crisis.
He’s also launched a basic minimum income initiative in Oakland, traveled across the country taking it’s political pulse and he’s been toying with the idea of possibly running for Governor of California, reports Techcrunch.com
He’s worked proactively to help eliminate a culture of sexual harassment in Silicon Valley which came to light earlier this summer with the abrupt resignation of 500 Startups Founder Dave McClure and other highly visible venture capitalists. At Y-Combinator they have a system in place where startups can easily report sexual harassment and Y-Combinator investigates it head on. If a VC is found to have sexually harassed someone (female or male) they will be banned from Y-Combinator’s demo day, one of the most highly sought after invitations in the industry.
Altman is also a big advocate of human rights and inclusion in the tech space. That’s why GLAAD, the largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization in the world is honoring Altman with the Ric Weiland Award at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco at City View at Metreon on September 9, 2017. The event recognizes tech industry innovators who advance LGBTQ acceptance and also funds GLAAD’s work to grow LGBTQ inclusion in digital and social media.
In addition to Altman’s personal views about inclusion and equality, he’s also being recognized for investing and helping to develop a number of well known companies that are at the forefront of LGBTQ inclusion including; Airbnb, Pinterest and Reddit.
“Through his leadership as a globally recognized and out entrepreneur, Sam Altman has advanced diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and empowered countless LGBTQ individuals to pursue their career goals,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “Whether it’s through personal investment or via Y Combinator’s cultivation, Altman has supported LGBTQ inclusion in some of the nation’s most visible companies today.”
The Ric Weiland Award honors innovators who advance LGBTQ equality and acceptance through tech and new media. The award is named after the late Ric Weiland, a computer software pioneer and philanthropist known for moving the LGBTQ movement into the digital age. Previous honorees include former US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Google, YouTube, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.
You can find out more about GLAAD’s annual event here.