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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:

  1. 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?
  2. Why do you think that it is important for LGBTQ+ young people to see out and open STEM professionals like meteorologist Brandon Lawrence?
  3. 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.