Queer in Tech: a Cyberside Chat

What does a supportive work culture look like for queer folks? How did you come out at work? Join us for answers to these questions & more!

Being a member of the queer community comes with its own unique set of challenges. So does working in tech. How do you navigate those two things together?

Join Grand Circus for a Cyberside Chat with staff and alumni about their experiences being queer in tech. We will hear personal stories of people at different stages of their careers, including how they choose to express their identities in their professional lives both now and earlier in their journies. Bring your questions!




This is a casual conversation facilitated by an ally. Allies are encouraged to attend.

Who Should Attend this Event?

Anyone who identifies as queer and works in tech

Anyone who identifies as queer

Anyone who works in tech


Our Panel

Billy Westley – Grand Circus, Program Manager

Billy is a Daytime Program Manager at Grand Circus. Prior to GC, Billy worked in IT and film production. He lives in Detroit with his husband.

Elizabeth Heaton – Grand Circus, Career Services Specialist

Elizabeth is a Chicago native who transplanted to Michigan to pursue her love of helping others. She has 10 years of experience working in urban and unserved communities promoting higher education and the importance of setting goals and achieving your full potential. She was an active activist in Chicago when she lived there, promoting health and wellness for LGBT+ youth.Elizabeth and her partner have three children and live in Ann Arbor.

More to come!

Our Facilitator

Patti Wheeler – Grand Circus, Associate Director of Storyteling & Events

The event is finished.


Jun 30 2021


5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

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