About the Committee
The ASCB LGBTQ+ Task Force was formed in 2015 to assess, promote, and ensure the inclusion of LGBTQ+ members in the Society. One goal is to provide career advice to the ASCB LGBTQ+ community.
This acronym represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people, others, and allies. The Q can also mean questioning. This is a broad group of people, including those with diverse sexual and romantic orientations, diverse gender identities and gender expressions, and those with non-binary biological sex. Many terms are used to describe our community, and some are considered offensive. Check out this list from GLAAD to see which terms are safe to use.
- LGBTQ+ Diversity Session at the ASCB|EMBO Meeting. The session blends science and career advice/networking with a renowned cell biologist and member of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Travel awards for trainees in the LGBTQ+ community.
All are welcome to join.
- 2019 Pride Month Blogs: Becoming an agent of change, by Ori Avinoam; Becoming an LGBTQ+ ally as a mentor or peer, by Erik Welf; A fast-moving revolution: from Stonewall toward a more diverse scientific workforce, by Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo; Finding my community through the ASCB meeting, by Derek Applewhite; The power of representation and role models for LGBTQ+ scientists, by Erica Gorenberg; Transition on the tenure track, by Claire Thomas; Pride month reminds us of continued inequities in science, by Lee Ligon and Ashley Lakoduk
- Out in STEM (oSTEM) Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQ+ communities in the STEM fields. The national society has been built by students, for students. Started as a single chapter in 2005, it now encompass more than 50 chapters across the country.
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) A professional society and supporter of the ASCB task force that educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with a strong advocacy for career development, peer support and networking, and many scientific and technological fields. They have meetings every two years, and a series of programs year-round, including scholarships and awards to recognize LGBTQ+ advocates in STEM.