Research by Cech and Waidzunas found that scientists belonging to the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience harassment in the workplace and be overlooked for opportunities, limiting their career progression. Inequalities within STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) fields based on gender and ethnicity are more high profile, and it is believed that these inequalities exist due to underrepresentation of women and people belonging to ethnic minorities discouraging engagement with STEM. This is a seemingly vicious cycle which likely explains the poor visibility of LGBTQ+ people in science.
LIVE with Scientists is committed to ensuring that science is accessible and inclusive. In the coming months, we aim to build upon the diversity of our amazing contributors and showcase the real stories and research of scientists who are often under-represented. To do this, we are collaborating with Pride in STEM: a charity established in 2016 which aims to increase the visibility of queer scientists and raise awareness of the issues that LGBTQ+ people face in STEM. Pride in STEM established LGBTQ+ STEM Day (November 18) which is celebrated globally, and run ‘Out Thinkers’ events which give LGBTQ+ scientists a safe and accepting space to talk about their research.
LIVE with Scientists wants to harness the spirit of ‘Out Thinkers’ and invite LGBTQ+ scientists to share their research. We would also love to highlight the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in science and academia, too.
What are we asking for?
If you are an LGBTQ+ scientist, we would like you to submit a video of two-minutes or less, in which you:
- Introduce yourself.
- Showcase your research; whether you are talking to the camera, narrating an experiment, or talking through a short slideshow, we want to see your creativity!
- Discuss your experiences of being queer in STEM, if you feel comfortable to do so.
Please send your submissions and queries about this opportunity to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a consent form. It would be great if you could send us your social media handles, too, so that we can credit you on Twitter and/or Instagram.
Considering the current misinformation around and underrepresentation of trans and non-binary people, we are particularly keen to encourage and celebrate trans and non-binary people's voices in STEM.
These videos will be shared on our social media with #PRIDEwithScientists for as long as we receive submissions. However, we would love to be able to recirculate these videos to celebrate LGBTQ+ STEM Day on the 18th of November. We hope that these videos will draw attention to the fabulous work being done by queer scientists worldwide, giving them a platform, and giving them networking opportunities.
If you face barriers to submitting a video, please get in touch so that we can discuss alternatives. Additionally, we want to emphasise that anyone who submits a video has the right to ask for their video to be removed for whatever reason, as we are committed to ensuring the safety of our contributors.