LGBTQ+ STEM in the Media

The problem of improving LGBTQ+ visibility in STEM subjects is gaining more momentum. When it hits the news, you can find the links here. If we’ve missed something, drop us an email and we’ll add it in the next update.



#TeamNRW at the LGBT STEMinar 2020 – Natural Resources Wales [PDF] – 05/02/2020



The cost of coming out in biomedicine – Physiology News Magazine, 07/2019

On being LGBTQ+ in science – yes it matters, and here’s why – Elsevier Connect, 25/07/2019

Pride in STEM – PhD student launches 2SLGBTQ+ STEM group – Dalhousie University, 25/07/2019

Showing off true colors – Chemical & Engineering News, 20/07/2019

LGBT in STEM Day – celebrating inclusion – KatieGee, 18/07/2019

Reflections on Pride Month As a Gay Scientist – Biomedical Odyssey, Johns Hopkins University, 17/07/2019

As a queer scientist, seeing Alan Turing on the £50 note leaves me conflicted – Metro UK, 15/07/2019

RSB marches in this year’s Pride in London parade – Royal Society of Biology, 09/07/2019

Why Am I Celebrating LGBT STEM Day? – Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 05/07/2019

Taking Pride in Our Researchers – Cambridge University, 05/07/2019

European XFEL celebrates LGBT STEM day – European XFEL, 05/07/2019

LGBT+ scientists affected by discrimination – BBC News, 05/07/2019

How to Fight STEM’s Unconscious Bias against LGBTQ People – SciAm Voices, 05/07/2019

Diversity in STEM – Coventry University, 05/07/2019

You might not know me – The Source, Springer Nature blog, 04/07/2019

LGBTSTEMDAY 2019 – What Changes Do You Want To See In STEM? – Pride in STEM YouTube channel, 04/07/2019

Carrying the PRIDE message to the ends of the earth – UK Research & Innovation, 04/07/2019

Queer Academic Freedom: the ability to be yourself – British Ecological Society, 04/07/2019

Shining a Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Visibility in STEM – Eos Earth and Space Science News, 03/07/2019

Measuring the climate – LGBT+ and physical sciences – Inclusion Matters, Imperial College London, 03/07/2019

RAeS flies the flag for diversity in aerospace and aviation – Royal Aeronautical Society, 02/07/2019

Nature is proud to support Pride in STEM – Nature, 02/07/2019

Get talking – Pride in STEM – Materials World, 01/07/2019

Rainbow Museum: celebrating our LGBTQ+ staff – Natural History Museum, London, 28/06/2019

Strength: stories about searching for what makes us strong – Story Collider, 21/06/2019

IET London: Savoy Place celebrates Pride in STEM – Design, Products, and Application; Institute of Engineering Technology, 06/06/2019

Discrimination drives LGBT+ scientists to think about quitting – Nature, 27/06/2019

Let Me Be Perfectly Queer – Accenture Careers Blog, 17/05/2019

Transgender researchers want to make an impact – ScienceNews for Students, 16/05/2019

My Exciting Trips to London and the Solemn Knowledge I Earned – Beauty of Mathematics, 18/04/2019

LGBT in STEM – novalis848, 14/04/2019

Meet these LGBTI geniuses of science and engineering who are shaping our future –  GayStar News, 11/04/2019

Stepping up to be a role model for LGBTQ inclusion in science – Nature, 08/04/2019

Do transgender people belong in science? – Faelan Mourmourakis, Start Out, 31/03/2019

Science has to do better for its queer, trans, and non-binary scientists – Massive Science, 31/03/2019

Including LGBTQ+ Scientists as Sources – The Open Notebook, 12/03/2019

“Understanding, not just tolerance”: How to make engineering more LGBTQ+ friendly – Create Digital, 05/03/2019

Sexual harassment rife in Australian science, suggests first workplace survey – Nature, 28/02/2019

Celebrating LGBT History Month – Royal Society In Verba, 28/02/2019

LGBT+ students confront challenges in STEM by building community – ScienceLine, 14/02/2019

Should I tell my colleagues I am gay? – Animal Ecology in Focus, 22/01/2019

“Empowering” LGBT+ STEMinar celebrates diversity in science – Royal Society of Chemistry, 21/01/2019

LGBT+ STEMinar – Notes on my Keynote – Telescoper, 12/01/2019

The Scientists Fighting to Make the Future of STEM More Queer – them, 09/01/2019



Science Centres – Pride in STEM: new International Day to promote LGBT in field – Attractions Management, 2018

Deciding to change: An excerpt from the autobiography of a transgender scientist – Stanford Medicine, 2018

Outreach Events Engage Queer and Transgender Youth in STEM – Eos, 10/12/2018

Trans and non-binary people won’t be erased through the miscommunication of science – Villainesse, 08/12/2018

Why Representation Matters in the Professoriate – Diverse Education, 19/11/2018

New data collection by NSF could change the perception of LGBT+ in STEM – The State Press, 15/11/2018

Out in Physics: Gaining Visibility and Acceptance – APS News, 10/2018

Kent apprentice Joss Field presents poster at LGBT STEMinar – University of Kent, 07/08/2018

On being queer in STEM – Sister STEM, 24/07/2018

500 Queer Scientists raises the visibility of queer scientists – The Advocate, 19/07/2018

Social Change Maker: Robbie Bonelli – Careers with STEM, 18/07/2018

“Categories aren’t these things that are just there”: An interview with the CLEAR Lab’s Queer Science Reading Group – LadyScience, 16/07/2018

Letter to the Editor: LGBTSTEM Day – The Daily Campus, 16/07/2018

The First International LGBT STEM Day – Women in Science: Past, Present and Future, 13/07/2018

My time out in astrophysics – In The Dark, 13/07/2018

A walk on the Pride site – Chemistry World, 12/07/2018

Out in Physics – Symmetry Magazine, 05/07/2018

Remembering queer scientists who made history to celebrate LGBTSTEM Day – Pink News, 05/07/2018

What You Need to Know About the First LGBTSTEM Day –, 05/07/2018

Ontario Science Centre celebrates first ever International Pride in STEM day – CBC, 05/07/2018

When will science come out of the closet? – Daily Xtra, 05/07/2018

LGBT STEM Day: Celebrating Diversity Across Industries and Fields of Research – Interesting Engineering, 05/07/2018

#LGBTSTEMDay: Celebrating the diversity of science – The Physiological Society, 05/07/2018

#LGBTSTEMDay profiles: Tyler Kelly, Kelly Boothby, Frederike Moon, Trevor Lanting – Telus Science Centre, 05/07/2018

SWE Assists in LGBTQIA+ Research – Society of Women Engineers, 05/07/2018

5 July marks the first International Day of LGBT+ People in STEM – National Physical Laboratory, 05/07/2018

The Department Christmas Party – Ian Stott, British Ecological Society, 05/07/2018

The Weals, Woes, and Weaponisation of Gayness in Ecology – Lewis Bartlett, British Ecological Society, 05/07/2018

So it’s #LGBTSTEMDay… so what? – Dr Ben Britton, 05/07/2018

Hidden diversity steps out from the closet – Royal Society of Chemistry, 05/07/2018

Why LGBT+ representation matters in science – Institute of Cancer Research, 05/07/2018

Why #LGBTSTEMDay matters – Osnat Katz, 04/07/2018

Pride in STEM – MicrobeBlog, Society for Applied Microbiology, 04/07/2018

Professor who described the gay community as ‘promiscuous, reckless and obscene’ to join University of Cambridge – indy100, 04/07/2018

LGBTQ scientists are still left out – Nature, 03/07/2018

LGBT STEM Day: Time to Talk About It – From the Prow, AGU, 03/07/2018

Make your personal queer science manifesto – not just for scientists; British Science Association (no date)

Almost 30% of LGBT+ young people choose to avoid a Stem career; Computer Weekly, 28/06/2018

Celebrating the Hopkins LGBTQ+ Community at Baltimore Pride 2018 – Biomedical Odyssey, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 27/06/2018

Visibility matters: A conversation with the co-founder of 500 Queer Scientists – Science, 26/06/2018

In Praise of Hashtags – AGU Blogosphere, 25/06/2018

Breaking Through the Ice: LGBTQ+ Visibility in Stem – Union of Concerned Scientists, 22/06/2018

Why I joined #500queerscientists – The Conversation, 21/06/2018

Girls and LGBT+ people still less likely to pursue careers in science and technology, study suggests – Indy100, 21/06/2018

Pride in STEM: new International Day to promote LGBT in field – Attractions Management, 21/06/2018

Engineering has an LGBTQ+ representation problem – here’s how to fix it – Create Digital, 20/06/2018

Celebrating Pride: The LGBT Icons of STEM – Springpod, 19/06/2018

Why we’re celebrating the first international day of LGBT in STEM – Prospect, 13/06/2018

#TakeUpSpaceTuesday: Being Out in STEM – VanguardSTEM, 12/06/2018

These labs are remarkably diverse — here’s why they’re winning at science – Nature, 06/06/2018

What’s It Like to Be Queer in STEM? – SciAm Voices, 20/04/2018

What’s it like to be an LGBTQ person in STEM? – Silicon Republic, 17/04/218

Announcing the first LGBT STEM Day – Royal Society of Chemistry, 15/03/2018

STEM is losing male LGBQ undergrads – Science, 14/03/2018

Pride in STEM education – Government Europa, 02/03/2018

#LGBTscience, El hashtag que está uniendo ciencia y LGBT – Zona Gay, 19/02/2018

Out and About STEM: Why visibility of LGBT scientists is important – The Biochemist Blog, 14/02/2018

EAB2017: A Time to Shed Light on Equality and Diversity in Academia! – Journal of Ecology blog, 25/01/2018



Queer in STEM Organizations: Workplace Disadvantages for LGBT Employees in STEM Related Federal Agencies – Social Sciences, 2017

Rainbow Science – Ecsite Spokes, Vol 32, 07/0/2017

A symbol of pride: raising the rainbow flag – British Museum Blog, 03/07/2017

Being queer in the jungle: The unique challenges of LGBTQ scientists working in the field – BMC Blog Network, 28/06/2017

Is science too straight? – Boston University Research Blog, 15/06/2017

Diversity in Science Post Brexit – Digital Science, 12/04/2017

Where are all the LGBT scientists? Sexuality and gender identity in science – Science in School, the European Journal for Science Teachers, 27/03/2017

Coastal Pride: An LGBTI women’s experience of coastal geoscience – Women in Coastal and Geoscience Engineering, 20/03/2017



How Queer Scientists are shaping their future with a survey – Wired, 26/07/2016

Why scientists should march with Pride – The Guardian, 01/07/2016

Coming out in STEM – Royal Society of Biology Blog, 16/02/2016

Much to be proud of – Chemical & Engineering News, 15/02/2016

On being a Queer Primatologist – Evopropinquitous, 16/01/2016

Why the LGBTSTEMinar succeeded and was needed – The Lab and Field, 16/01/2016



Trans researchers are struggling to stay in science. That has to change – Wired, 17/12/2015

Queer in Stem, Genes to Genomes – 24/09/2015

A Professor write ‘I look like an LGBT Engineer’ – The Guardian, 22/09/2015

Why is Science So Straight? – New York Times, 04/09/2015

Here Are Some Antidotes to Science’s Old White Guy Problem, – Wired, 24/07/2015

Queer Laboratory Life: Recognising the work of LGBT scientists – News Republic, 29/06/2015

LGBT People and the Work Ahead in Bioethics – Bioethics, 05/06/2015 [$$]

Rainbow Science – Ecsite: Spokes, 01/04/2015

Gay academic: ‘I came out to all my colleagues in an email’ – The Guardian, 09/01/2015



Diversity: Pride in science – Nature, 16/09/214

Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters – SciAm Voices, 10/09/2014

Jack Andraka Shows LGBT Youth Being a Gay Scientist Isn’t Just a Theory – The Advocate, 19/08/2014

Why aren’t Lesbian and Bisexual Engineers coming out? – DIVA, 05/08/2014

Third of gay engineers hide sexuality from colleagues – The Engineer, 23/07/2014

No sexuality please, we’re scientists – Chemistry World, 01/04/2014

Professor David K Smith’s Flagship lecture on LGBT Scientists – University of Liverpool, 03/2014

Gay prejudice? It’s not easy admitting you’re … a scientist – The Guardian, 14/02/2014

Equality: Standing out – Nature, 08/01/2014



LGBT Scientists find varying acceptance in academia, industry – Minnesoto daily, 17/10/2013

Queer Science: LGBT Scientists Discuss Coming Out at Work – Bitch Magazine, 16/10/2013

Empowering LGBT Scientists – Medill Equal Media Project, 20/08/2013

Queer Science, from Alan Turing to Sally Ride – International Business Times, 28/07/2012

Navigating the heteronormativity of engineering: the experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students – Engineering Studies, 06/02/2011 [$$]

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: The Academic Climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Faculty in Science and Engineering – NWSA Journal, 2009 [$$]

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  1. Back in 2012, the Olympic Torch made its way round the UK, and arrived in Manchester where it was handed over above the statue of Alan Turing on the centenary of his birth. There was a lot of press coverage highlighting Turing’s remarkable talents as a mathematician and pioneer of computing, and his terrible treatment at the hands of the British authorities following a conviction for gross indecency.
    Two years later, in 2014, a report was published by CaSE (the Campaign for Science and Engineering) entitled ‘Improving Diversity in STEM’. This report pointed out that the UK needs thousands of trained scientific personnel, and one way of recruiting them would be to address the perceived image of STEM as being a bastion of wholesome white maleness.
    The report runs to 47 pages and gives chapters to disability, ethnicity and gender: but carries not a single mention of ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘LGBT’ or ‘sexual orientation’.
    Does this silence indicate that the authors were unaware of the LGBT personnel currently working in science; or did they imagine that the report would not be approved if it did make reference to any gay-related issues?


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