Our employees take pride in making Nasdaq the leading company that it is, with respect for our diverse backgrounds and colleagues included. Through The OPEN (Out Proud Employees of Nasdaq), we recognize the milestones that created a momentous global culture shift, known as Pride Month, which we celebrate all year long.
From the work of active community members on the frontline, spearing the Stonewall uprising of 1969, the National March on Washington of 1979, to AIDS activists demanding treatment, all were critical to advancing the movement. Courageous individuals like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Harvey Milk and Larry Kramer all helped lead LGBTQ+ efforts. We honor their memory by continuing to educate, elevate and engage with the LGBTQ+ community.
For our Nasdaq Pride series, we will be featuring members integral to The OPEN and learn about how they are pushing for positive change in the workplace.
Leading the Way
Honoring Trailblazers of the LGBTQ+ Community in Business and Tech
British mathematician and founder of the general-purpose computerTuring was a British Mathematician and founder of the general-purpose computer, and one of the earliest known homosexuals in tech. During World War 2, he worked for the British code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park, helping to build the algorithms and machines which broke the previously “uncrackable” Enigma codes used by the Nazis, helping to bring an end to the war. Following the war, he used this knowledge to design the Automatic Computing Engine, which was one of the first designs for a stored-program computer. This was later improved upon by his work developing the Manchester Computers, some of the first stored-program computers.
However, the world lost one of its most influential minds far too early, as in 1952 Turing was charged with the crime of “gross indecency” after admitting to having had a homosexual relationship with another man, which was a crime at the time. In 1954, he was found dead due to a reported cyanide-based suicide.
We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are.Activist, Drag Queen
Marsha P. Johnson
You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights.Activist, Drag Performer, Model
I have tasted freedom. I will not give up that which I have tasted.Activist, First Openly Gay Official in California