Lillian speaks at LibrePlanet 2016, Secretary Brian Callahan seen standing to left.

My LibrePlanet Experience

I gave a talk on March 20, at LibrePlanet 2016, at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (I mention being enthused in an earlier blog post), on a LibrePlanet scholarship. To avoid transphobic harassment by the TSA, and other airport staff, my friends drove me (notably Tom Almquist of our staff) 2,792 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota and back.

Make sure to check the bottom of this post–I included a time lapse of my trip!

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I’m Excited for AlterConf!

I (Lily Lemmer) am going to be at the AlterConf Minneapolis event! I work at LeadPages and they’re hosting so it’s awfully convenient for me! Here’s a short bit about Alterconf:

AlterConf provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries to learn from and encourage one another. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer, healthier spaces for everyone.

I’m really excited to meet others who share the passion I have! I can’t wait to share my stories of success with using open source software to empower trans women, a model that can be replicated by any marginalized person! I will also be sharing my enthusiasm for this on March 20, at LibrePlanet/MIT (as mentioned in an earlier blog post).

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Why I’m excited to talk at LibrePlanet 2016

Hello, everyone, it’s Lillian! Hypatia Software Organization is abuzz because of this bit of exciting news: Brian Callahan and I will be talking at LibrePlanet 2016 about the significance of what Hypatia Software Organization has been doing!

The official title of the talk is “Trans Code: Free software as model & critique of diversity by transgender hackers.” In summary, we’ll be talking about transgender women using free software as a tool for liberation, challenging mainstream diversity initiatives. I’m sharing ethnographic stories of this community of trans women (Hypatia Software Organization), which I lead.

I’m excited to show how free software can make a lasting impact for the woefully under-privileged. I’m also excited to share our experience, goals, and determination. Above all, I am excited that these things will be absorbed and propagated by influencers in free software. More free software developers and free software through empowering the underprivileged.

I’m so excited to show the free software community a diversity initiative model which can be replicated and what the challenges are!

Here are some of the quick details for attending:

If you can’t make it, don’t worry: the talk will be recorded! We’ll be sure to update later with said recording.