Overwhelmed. But in a good way. That is how I could characterize my state right now.
The last event from the first ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit wrapped up a few hours ago and it did not disappoint.
When I first heard about the summit, my first reaction was to decide that I HAD to go, and within a few hours of viewing the website, I had put up my first ever Indiegogo campaign to fund the trip. A few hours after that, my trip was fully funded.
In the back of my mind though, was a tiny voice saying maybe I shouldn’t set my expectations too high. After all, I used to go to the HappyOurs events for queer women of color in Portland, only to find out that, except for the obvious commonalities, I really didn’t connect or feel like I fit in with the women I met there.
What if the same thing happend with the tech lesbos?
Well, I need not have worried. I met so many awesome women (and a few men) this weekend. My heart is full and my brain is overflowing.
I went into this weekend on the heels of an emotionally draining week, feeling like I was barely able to tolerate the presence of other humans. Now I’m in post-conference depression from having to say goodbye (for now) to all the great people I met.
Among the highlights of the weekend were:
- Speaking on stage at the Castro theater in front of 800 rowdy lesbians.
- Having dinner and conversation for hours with four amazing Black lesbian sisters.
- Cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time
- Attending my first hackathon.
- Randomly getting to have dinner with a Twitter friend I had never met in person
- Hanging out with new friends in a cool Mission neighborhood apartment.
- Hanging out at Double Union, the new feminist hacker space in San Francisco.
- Home away from home cats at my AirBnB
I’ll have more to say once I’ve had some sleep. For now here are a few photos.