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Anna Lytical Is a TikTok Star Teaching Coding In Drag

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Anna Lytical, also known as Billy Jacobson

"I style the wigs myself and try to make them very colorful, but also very teacher-librarian," says Anna Lytical, also known as Billy Jacobson.

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Organizing your makeup bag is very much like storing data when coding, drag queen Anna Lytical recently declared in a TikTok video. It's just one of many videos shared that bridge two passions: computer science and drag.

Anna Lytical — also known as Billy Jacobson — is a New York-based developer experience engineer for Google. Inspired by co-workers who had gained an audience through live-streaming their coding, he decided to use drag to teach others computer science.

Anna Lytical's larger goal is to draw in those who are underrepresented in tech. Jacobson's work also highlights the lucrative career opportunities that also value the soft skills often overlooked in STEM fields.

A purple-haired drag queen might just make the field a bit more welcoming. "I don't have all the answers," Jacobson says, "but it's great to have so many others who are willing to help fill the gaps and make sure people know where the right resources are and help them feel seen."

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