Blockchain and Inclusion: Can New Technologies Help the LGBTQ Community?

Blockchain technology has revolutionized many sectors since its inception. We often talk about his influence on the traditional financial industry and the changes he is making in the arts. But one topic remains little discussed: what impact can the blockchain have on inclusiveness? How can this revolution be put at the service of the common good and the involvement of different communities? This is what we will discuss in Blockchain and Inclusion. To begin, we’ll look at the connection between new technology and the LGBTQ + community through a series of interviews with big names in the blockchain universe. Today we will focus on the thoughts of Caroline Pugliese and Christoph Wittig. Let’s go!

LGBTQ + Crypto


We live in a world where same-sex relationships between adults are criminalized in at least 69 countries. However, it should be noted that over time this number has decreased. New technologies play an important role in protecting people belonging to the LGBTQ + community from violence and discrimination, as well as inaccess to assistance and financial services. to be yourself* Concerned, I see many positive changes that decentralized technology can offer us as a community.

Over the past two years, the world has seen an increase in the prevalence of COVID-19, which continues to worry today. According to a study published in July 2021, “ HIV-infected people are more likely to be hospitalized with severe coronavirus symptoms, and d‘in diedр ”. According to UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS), the LGBTQ + community is most prone to HIV. The risk of HIV infection in transgender women is 34 times higher, and in men in same-sex relationships – 25 times. To deal with this phenomenon, the LGBT Foundation has decided to move HIV testing to a blockchain. This “establishes the whole process transparent and traceableand helps curb the spread of HIV among vulnerable populations. As Eric Lamontan, a senior UNAIDS economist, said: This technology allows us to evolve almost as fast as epidemics. This is a fantastic ! This is an important opportunity. »

Even in developed countries, such as the United States, LGBTQ + people face financial difficulties because of their sexual or gender identity. Cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance can improving affordability and inclusion, especially for minorities. Blockchain technology makes it possible to distribute funding transparently. All of this can benefit the LGBTQ + community.

New technologies are becoming more democratic and are no longer just an innovative niche industry, but our daily lives. To find out what the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry think about the impact of these technologies on the LGBTQ + community, Cointelegraph contacted several of them to find out their views on the following issues: Can new technologies help improve the lives of members of the LGBTQIA + community? And if so, how?

Caroline Pugliese from the Rally:

Caroline is the Director of Creative Partnershipsand entertainment at Rally, an open network that allows creators to run independent economies based on the Ethereum blockchain.

Support the community withsocial tokens

Cryptoworld offers some of the most positive technological advances and opportunities for the LGBTQ + community we’ve seen in decades. The social tokensin particular, is a developing area. They help support talent and small business in the community, as well as provide space dedicated to the actions taken, without the risk of being demonetized or blocked from different platforms. Blockchain privacy and open access to many crypto platforms allow people to participate, even if their community or geographical location is not LGBTQ + friendly.

Create a safe space with DAO

Appearance of DAO ( decentralized autonomous organization) also has great potential for new digital communities. They can be extremely specialized, considering topics that allow people to come together around a business and create opportunities fairly and jointly. DAOs have the potential to provide members with a safe space to communicate, participate in project management, and find ways to support both DAO members and the LGBTQ + community around the world. At the same time, the emergence of NFT and their enduring rewards offer talent to communities that previously could to fight for equal opportunities for their creative activity a way to get paid and recognized for their creations.

Hornet’s Christof Wittig:

Christoph is the founder and CEO of Hornet, a queer social network with more than 30 million users worldwide.

Negative moments

New technologies play an important role for the LGBTQ + community, whether we like it or not.

On the negative side, 64% of adults living in the United States belonging to the LGBTQ + community reported being discriminated against and harassed online on one of the five major heterosexual social networks (namely Facebook, Instagram). , Twitter, YouTube and TikTok). to the recently published GLAAD Social Security Index. It’s about the highest percentage of positive responses among all minoritiesin the United States, and this is above 40%, noted by a similar study conducted by Hornet and Kantar in 2018. Day by day, we see technology increase all parts of our lives, including all the negative aspects, from discrimination against LGBTQ + in the United States to the actions of 71 countries that still criminalize LGBTQ + membership.

Positive moments

On the plus side, we can use the power of new technologies to make them good. The Hornet social network is a safe space for members of the LGBTQ + community. This promotes true social connections, even if members are quarantined due to a pandemic, do not have access to support for the physical LGBTQ + community, or for other reasons cannot easily connect with others in the community to find inherent love and belonging. in offline dating.

New technologies in the service of anonymity

Hornet is already actively using AI to detect suspicious modelscatfish , spammers and attackers. We also strive to develop conceptsCertificate of employmentfor example “Hornet Sign” for control persons. We cannot rely on state IDs. This can be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands (including burglary, court decisions, negligence or abuse by companies that do not put the well-being of our community at the center of their activities).

In the long run, I believe that blockchain, a decentralized technology, is ideal for a decentralized community like ours. Just as the nation state uses identifiers, currency, and budget, the blockchain provides us with tools to ensure identity (pseudonym), storage and transmission of values, and some form of financing or taxation for the allocation of resources. in the service of projects of common interest . To this end, we have established the LGBT Foundation, and we look forward to working with interested members of the crypto and LGBTQ + communities to develop the core infrastructure.


We have come to the end of this first part of our series. itemsBlockchain and Inclusion: Can New Technologies Help the LGBTQ Community?». More conversations from blockchain actors and actresses are waiting for you in the coming weeks, so stay tuned until next week’s meeting!

* This article was first published on August 14, 2021 on Cointelegraph.

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