The intersectionality of the LGBTQIA+ community crosses a diverse spectrum of races, genders, and identities. There is no "one" kind of founder, entrepreneur, or investor that is a part of this community. However, there are certain challenges faced by these individuals that do transcend the challenges of others.
In cases of founders like Jennifer Williams—an Afro-Latina bisexual woman who founded the DEI tech startup Diversd—as soon as she walks into an investor pitch meeting, her race and gender become a factor (good or bad) in how she's received. If it's ever revealed that she's also part of the LGBTQ community, a whole new dynamic is introduced.
In our ongoing "Diverse Founder Series," HubSpot for Startups will bring you an ongoing series of stories from LGBTQ+ founders and investors and the lessons they've gleaned. Their stories are not always specifically tied to their identity. Sometimes it'll just be the story of a successful founder on investor who just happens to be in the LGBTQ+ community. Their businesses are not always defined by their identity.
Regardless of whether or not you're in this community, we think you'll find these stories inspiring.
Eran Amir grew up in Israel where he studied computer science and business. After 25 years in the tech world, and reaching the milestone age of 40 years, as a gay man he realized that if he wanted to start a family, he'd have to use a surrogacy. But his insurance at the time informed him that because he was gay, surrogacy benefits and expense would not be covered.
As is often the case in tech company origin stories, Eran decided to solve this problem by starting a company that could tackle the problems that both gay and straight couples face when attempting to find a surrogate. And GoStork was born.