Date(s) - November 18, 2023
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While nearly half of LGBTQ+ people working in STEM careers report being fully out in the workplace, more than 40% are still either only out to a few people at work or remain closeted, according to a 2013 Routledge study.
LGBT STEM Day functions as a day to bring awareness to such disparities in the workplace, as well as to pioneering members of the community including computer scientist Alan Turing and astronaut Sally Ride. The day also serves to bring exposure to LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM today.
The date comes after the result of an open survey and months of discussion. The date is symbolic of the 60th anniversary of American Astronomer and gay activist Frank Kameny’s US Supreme Court fight against workplace discrimination. This is a fight that continues today, not only in the US but in so many other countries worldwide.
There’s no such thing as too small a gesture to promote and support LGBTQ+ people in STEM. You can start by following and contributing to the #LGBTSTEMday hashtag on social media — share stories, images and videos of yourself or your role models — and help boost the visibility of other LGBTQ+ people in science, tech, engineering, and maths.
Find out more at www.prideinstem.org.