500 queer scientists (Actually 1,625+ queer scientists) is a visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ and allied people working in STEM and STEM supporting roles. It is a database of self-submitted biographies and stories intended to boost recognition and awareness of STEM scientists. This is with the view of helping isolated members of the queer community realise they are not alone and perhaps even create opportunities and connect communities in academic or professional institutions!
Visibility for LGBTQ+ STEM workers is critical for cultivating wellbeing in professional and academic environments. Many members of the LGBTQ+ community have reported incidents of harassment and discrimination in STEM environments,
It is estimated LGBT people are approximately 20% less represented in STEM fields than expected [Cech, 2017]. With nearly 28% of LGBT and 50% of trans staff at least once considering leaving the workplace due to a climate of discrimination [RSC, IOP 2019].
Further statistics and information is available on the 500 QS resource page.
If you are an LGBTQ+ person or ally in the STEM community, you can help grow 500 QS by submitting your own biography!
Cech, 2017: https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci6010012
This article was written by Rob Elkington, the BioTrib website manager as part of a series of blog posts for LGBTQ+ history month.