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Celebrating International Day of LGBTQIA+ People in STEM

International Day of LGBTQIA+ People in STEM

November 18 is International Day of LGBTQIA+ People in STEM.

What’s this day all about? Well, research shows that LGBTQIA+ people struggle to openly be themselves in their workplaces, have lower retention rates in STEM, and are more likely to withdraw from uni. According to QueersInScience, to combat this we need greater visibility of LGBTQIA+ professionals in STEM, and more support for policies, management guidance and career resources tailored to the needs of LGBTQIA+ employees.

Promoting and celebrating diversity in the STEM workplace is crucial and also beneficial. The Diversity Council of Australia found that out LGBTQIA+ employees are 50% more likely to be innovative, and 35% more likely to work highly effectively in their teams.

To shine a light on the amazing and important work LGBTQIA+ people in STEM are doing, as well as acknowledge the struggles they’ve faced, we’ve rounded up a bunch of reads and resources below.

Q&A with Lauren Esposito of 500 Queer Scientists

We spoke to Lauren Esposito, arachnologist and creator of 500 Queer Scientists – a visibility campaign for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies working in STEM – about the highlights and challenges of her STEM journey! Read the Q&A here.

8 LGBTQ+ role models in STEM you should know

From astronauts and mathematicians to electrical engineers and computer scientists, meet eight LGBTQIA+ role models in STEM who have made a difference through their incredible work. Read more about their inspiring stories here.

The importance of keeping science inclusive

In everything we do as humans, diversity of perspective is vital to help facilitate understanding – research has shown that diverse teams are more likely to make scientific breakthroughs – and there’s a lot that we need to do to ensure equity of queer and sexual minority representation in science.

In this article, we look at five ways to smash heteronormative STEM stereotypes, and hear the study and career path of a transgender scientist who is an advocate for diversity in STEM.

All the resources

Be sure to check out…

Head along to the LGBTQIA+ STEMM Day 2023 on November 18

This event has been organised by QueersInScience and is set to be a vibrant celebration of Australia’s queer STEMM history.

There will be science, stories and activities to enjoy and QueersInScience hope to build up the community, connect queer researchers and students, and celebrate queer contributions to STEMM in Australia.

What else? There will be live performances, the chance to mingle with other queer scientists, the opportunity to find your future mentors, peers, and STEMMQBFFs (STEMM Queer BFFs), and get creative with some fun activities.

QueersInScience will also be presenting the Scott Johnson Award, honouring champions of queer inclusion.

When: Saturday, November 18 – 11am to 3pm
Where: Science Gallery Melbourne

Get your tickets here.

Want more? Find out why we should all have pride in STEM.

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