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Thoughtworks has always been an avid supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community and, more broadly, of diverse people and thought.  "You be You," our Pride theme for 2024, is the embodiment of our inclusive values and practices. It reflects our ongoing commitment to creating spaces where everyone feels seen, heard, and supported.


But it's not enough to simply accept. To continue to build the foundation of an inclusive culture, those in positions of privilege and power must seek to change the rules, systems and mindsets so that everyone is included as their authentic selves.


Pride reminds us to celebrate the progress we have made, but also redouble our efforts, seek more advocates and ignite change at every level.


“You be You” was born to encourage story telling, the celebration of progress, and the freedom – cognitive, emotional and physical – that comes with being told you are welcome, you are seen, and you are valued as you are. In this blog, four of our LGBTQIA+ leaders from around the world share what "You be You" means to them. 

Recommended reading list

If you’d like to understand the issues outlined here further, or from a different point of view, we recommend these titles as a starting point. Our LGBTQIA+ community and Diversity, equity and inclusion leaders across the globe have compiled this reading list and films for you to explore. We hope you'll find them inspiring and informational.


Transgender History

Author: Susan Stryker

Queer: A Graphic History

Author: Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

Author: David Carter

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

Author: Rodger Streitmatter


Author: Sara Soler

Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation

Author: Eve Rodsky

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

Author: Samra Habib

Supporting Trans People of Colour

Author: Sabah Choudrey

Truth About Me, The: A Hijra Life Story

Author: A. Revathi

Film: "Milk" (2008)

Directed by Gus Van Sant

Film: "Paris is Burning" (1990)

Directed by Jennie Livingston



Celebrating the resilience and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community 


“Queer is unerasable“ puts a spotlight on the rich tapestry of LGBTQIA+ trailblazers, celebrating their stories and accomplishments. We're amplifying these tales not just to honor the past, but also to protect against the erosion of their hard-won influence in the face of current socio-political challenges. Discover the story of our theme in this short blog.


Discover our approach to inclusivity