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‘There’s too few LGBTQ founders’: A day in the life of Billie Simmons, co-founder of Daylight

  • Billie Simmons is the co-founder and chief of staff at Daylight, a digital bank for LGBTQ consumers in the U.S.
  • Billie takes a step back from her demanding work schedule to reflect on the bigger picture. Here’s a day in her life.
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‘There’s too few LGBTQ founders’: A day in the life of Billie Simmons, co-founder of Daylight

After Billie Simmons changed her legal name, her bank failed to fully acknowledge her identity as a transwoman by deadnaming her across their online bank account and credit scoring process. Trans and non-binary people are often neglected or discriminated against in their banking experiences. Insensitive customer service, outdated systems and security risks are some of the realities that LGBTQ customers have to reckon with on a regular basis. 

Simmons decided to take matters into her own hands by co-founding Daylight, America’s first LGBTQ digital bank. The startup offers Visa cards to consumers in their preferred names, financial coaching, a personalized feed of educational content and opportunities to donate to LGBTQ charities. 

 


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