LGBTQ+ Task Force

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.

ASCB promotes safe and inclusive environments: View ASCB’s Workforce Diversity Statement and Anti-Harassment Policy.



Committee Members
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Signature Programs

  • 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.

Member Criteria

All are welcome to join.

Committee Resources

  • 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.

News from the LGBTQ+ Task Force

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Applications open August 5 and close October 15.


Staff Contact Info

Ashanti Edwards, Director of Professional Development