Aired Apr 13, 2023
LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Research consistently shows that LGBTQ+ students and professionals in STEM-related fields experience disadvantages, social isolation, and harassment more often than their straight and cisgender peers. LGBTQ+ identified professionals in STEM fields often report that they are not given the resources that they need to do meaningful work and that their expertise is consistently devalued.
We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, April 13. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!
Article: How LGBTQ+ individuals are changing the STEM field for the better
Source: We Are Iowa
Author: Chenue Her
Questions for Discussion:
- Were you aware of the fact that LGBTQ+ people experience inequalities and social exclusion when pursuing careers in STEM fields? If so, where did you get that idea? If not, does it surprise you?
- Why do you think that it is important for LGBTQ+ young people to see out and open STEM professionals like meteorologist Brandon Lawrence?
- What can parents, caregivers, and allies do to encourage LGBTQ+ young people to consider STEM focused academic programs and careers?
Bonus Resources: Check out “Meet 3 LGBTQ+ Scientists Putting Pride in STEM” from The Advocate by Christopher Wiggins and these resources from oSTEM and Out to Innovate.
About Our Guests:
Marcie Mathis, member and Society of Women Engineers affiliate representative, Out to Innovate
Abby Ray, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at oSTEM
Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.