Celebrating Pride Month in STEM
To celebrate Pride month, we’ve rounded up resources, networks, blogs and more from the Science Council membership.
Tool-kits and resources
- The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) have shared their #LGBT toolkit, which provides the tools for everyone to take part in positive change: employers, colleagues, and LGBT+ individuals. Find the RSC toolkit here.
- The Geological Society London’s (GSL) diversity, equality and inclusion resources hub offers helpful information to individuals from both industry and academia on a wide array of topics which fall under the umbrella of diversity, equality and inclusion. Find LGBTQ+ resources from GSL here.
- The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) has a dedicated LGBTQ+ webpage with information and also interviews with mathematicians on their experiences, their career highlights, the challenges they have faced being LGBTQ+ working in/studying STEM and words of inspiration for others. Find it on the IMA webiste here.
Networks and groups
- LGBT+ Physical Sciences network: the Institute of Physics, Royal Astronomical Society and RSC are founding members of the LGBT+ Physical Sciences Network; a space where scientists can come together and share information and support on increasing LGBT+ diversity and inclusion within the physical sciences workforce. Find out more about the LGBT+ Physical Sciences Network here.
- IOM3 Pride Group: IOM3Pride is a voluntary committee of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) whose goal is to achieve equality of opportunity professionally for LGBT+ identifying IOM3 members. They aim to do this by highlighting issues related to LGBT+ individuals in materials, minerals and mining and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion within the wider STEM community.
- The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) have launched their LGBTQIA+ network: WEM Pride. This initiative was based on member requests to increase the support available to the WEM LGBTQIA+ community and publish newsletter, blog posts, articles, provide safe spaces to meet and share best practice for allies. Keep up to date with their progress via their website, or get involved via LinkedIn.
- Read the report from the Royal Society of Chemistry on LGBT inclusivity in the sciences – Many LGBT+ people do not find the physical sciences to be a comfortable working environment – and have thought about leaving. Despite progress, many LGBT+ physical scientists have experienced or observed exclusionary behaviour in the workplace. Read the RSC LGBT report here.
Blogs and Vlogs
- The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) wrote a post for LGBT+ History Month in February, outlining their aims and vision for LGBT scientists. Read it here. Scott Xavi Gudrich also shares his experiences of fieldwork as a gender nonconforming environmental scientist, in his article: addressing roadblocks for gender nonconforming environmental scientists.
- The British Psychological Society produced videos for Pride Month, speaking to Dr Igi Moon, Chair of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU and Kieran Aldred Head of policy at Stonewall. Watch the videos here.
- From the Science Council, read our blog from Robert Farley – LGBTQ+ History Month: I’m proud to be a queer scientist!