STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) have been traditionally thought of as heterosexual, masculine fields and the thought of this can be quite intimidating for those just starting out in the field who don’t fit this mold.  This project showcases LGBTQ+ people in the STEM fields, showing the diversity of people that can be found in roles all across the STEM disciplines and hopefully providing some role models for people who are either at a junior stage in their careers, or who are only currently considering the possibility of going into a STEM field.

The future of Science relies on innovation, and the way to get it is to make sure that people from all walks of life enter the profession.  LGBTQ+ individuals are an important part of this diversity.


Contact us

For more information on LGBTQ+ STEM, contact Alex Bond and Izzy Jayasinghe at stemlgbt@gmail.com.


Other groups & organizations

If you are interested in finding more about the difficulties LGBTQ+ people can face in STEM fields and the work that is going on to combat this. Follow the links:

Queer in STEM, A national survey of sexual diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (USA)

NOGLSTP, National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (USA)

OSTEM, OSTEM – Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (USA)

Pride in STEM – A charitable trust run by an independent group of LGBT+ scientists & engineers from around the world.

House of STEM – a community-led initiative to improve LGBTQ+ support, visibility and representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and STEM-related fields in Ireland

500 Queer Scientists – a visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs — a group that collectively represents a powerful force of scientific progress and discovery

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  1. Hi,
    I would like to know more about future meetings/conference/gatherings. Where can I find this information ? It is not clear on the lgbtstem website.

    I am interested to attend future events.


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    1. Hi, We are hoping to hold another event early in 2017, however there are no details as yet. The page will be updated when we known more. Information will also be advertised through the @LGBTSTEM twitter account and the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lgbtstem/


  2. Is LGBT STEM doing any specific attempts to make connections with lgbt+ people of colour in stem? I would love to read profiles from people of colour in STEM, especially by women and gender-variant/ trans scientists.


    1. We’d love to have more people of color (we are woefully lacking, I know) – if you know someone who might be interested please put them in touch.


  3. I love that this event exists it’s incredible! Would love to see further engagement with LGBT* STEM students. They have a tremendous drive and passion which can help further the voice of the community. Also food for thought, can we avoid exam periods, was gutted to miss this year’s STEMinar


  4. Where are all the ‘STEM T’s” this all seems to be LGB orientated, I am trying to persuade the biggest nuclear company in the UK to send me and an ally to 2018 STEMinar, and wondering if I’ll be welcome.

    Also seems to be very much weighted on the academic side is it?


    1. Hi Andi, we have quite a lot of T profiles (and are always looking for more) and we have had trans presenters at both the previous conferences – this has been a priority for us. We have had difficulty recruiting trans-masculine people, but this is an area we are currently targeting.

      Here are the profiles of 3 trans women who have presented previously:
      https://lgbtstem.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/an-interview-with-charlotte-sophia-mccarroll/ , https://lgbtstem.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/an-interview-with-ruth-mills/ , https://lgbtstem.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/an-interview-with-ashley-spindler/ .

      Although it its quite academic, and is modeled on an academic conference, we have also had lots of representation from industry previously. You would be very welcome.


    1. Hi Sarah – we don’t, but check the National Organization of Gay & Lesbian Science and Technology Professionals (NOGLSTP), or Out in STEM (oSTEM), which are based in the US and offer some scholarships.


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