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.
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