If you watch POSE or American Horror Stories then you might be familiar with Angelica Ross who plays Candy and Nurse Rita respectively. She is a trans woman, an actress, a transgender rights advocate, and a self-taught computer programmer who founded TransTech - a firm that helps employ transgender people in the tech industry. Founded in 2014, TransTech offers free career prep and courses on everything from coding to public speaking, as well as mentorship.
Before Ross began her career in acting, she was a webmaster for an adult website and taught herself skills such as photography and graphic design just from watching online video tutorials. As she began doing more work to customize the site, she eventually taught herself to code too.
Currently, Ross has been working on getting more LGBTQ+ centers across the country to become TransTech hubs. Prior to the pandemic, members could access the space Monday through Saturday and use that time to look for jobs, connect with mentors, or access systems to help them find freelance, remote work during their transition process. To learn more about TransTech and support its mission, please visit Transtechsocial.org.