National Climate Survey
When talking with physicists, it's important to show them numbers. Currently, no information exists on our demographics. LGBT+ Physicists is in the process of organizing a national climate study, which will be the first statistical look at the issues that LGBT+ physicists face. If you are interested in helping out with the climate survey, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the items deemed as necessary from our members is the ability to network with one another. The majority of our members weren't even aware of another LGBT+ person in physics before they joined this group. Since 2010, we have been organizing sessions at the APS March and April meetings. As we move forward, we're looking at expanding our presence into other conferences. If you are interested in helping create such sessions, please contact us at email@example.com.
When physicists talk about issues related to diversity or broadening participation in the field, the focus, thus far, has typically been on creating support mechanisms for women or people of color. However, physicists who identify as LGBT+ are also a minority within the physics community and can also find themselves marginalized in certain ways. This document aims to highlight opportunities for making the physics workplace more inclusive for LGBT+ scientists.
Best practices for the inclusion of LGBT+ people on campus can be found in several places. In the first portion, we limit ourselves to a set of recommendations that are particularly relevant to physicists and physics department chairs (as opposed to general university administrators). After a brief glossary of terms, we make both short-term and long-term department-level suggestions, followed by several recommendations for university-level policies that may guide conversations with institutional administrators. A list of useful external resources is available at the end of the document, along with the author list. Policies that can be implemented rapidly are flagged with stars.
The ability to pursue one's scientific work in a safe and supportive environment that is free from prejudice and discrimination is a basic human right.
As professional physicists at various career stages, we reaffirm this right for all members of the physics community. Further, as "out" physicists and allies, we publicly commit ourselves to building a scientific environment that is free from all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and in particular we commit ourselves to ensuring that this basic scientific right is upheld for members of our community who are also sexual minorities and/or gender minorities.
We further would like to invite the community of physicists into a conversation acknowledging the contributions from those who are sexual and gender minorities and discussing how to eliminate prejudice. We welcome allies of any gender identity or sexual orientation who seek to stand with their colleagues in this quest for basic human rights and to advocate for their concerns.
If you are interested in being on the OutList, as either an LGBT+ Physicist or an Ally, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, institution, position, location, and contact information. Please indicate which list you would like to be on.
LGBT+ Physicists organizes the first ever session dedicated to sexual and gender minority issues in physics at the 2012 APS March Meeting. Many of the talks can be found in the link above. In addition, a summary and feedback from the session was put together in an ArXiv paper, Gender and Sexual Diversity Issues in Physics: The Audience Speaks which helped to focus LGBT+ Physicists into 2013 and beyond.
We use a Google Group list serv to communicate with our members. By joining, you'll gain access to updates in meeting mintues, status of projects being worked on, and the ability to network with other physicists who are both LGBT+ and allies.
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