What does LGBTQ+ mean?

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.


The ASCB LGBTQ+ Task Force

The ASCB LGBTQ+ Task Force was formed in 2015 to assess, promote, and ensure the inclusion of LGBTQ+ members in the Society. One of its goals is to provide career advice to the ASCB LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about the task force and its activities, please check some of the links below or this video on YouTube.

We are looking for a 9th member, a postdoc! Interested ASCB postdoc members should contact fchacon@ascb.org



Annual Meeting programming

The LGBTQ+ Task Force also organizes the LGBTQ+ Diversity Session during the ASCB Annual Meeting. The session blends science and career advice/networking by inviting a renowned cell biologist and member of the LGBTQ+ community to talk about their science and give advice to the attendees. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Past speakers:

2018: Martin Kampmann, University of California, San Francisco
2017: Fred Chang, University of California, San Francisco
2016: Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health
2015: Matthew Welch, University of California, Berkeley
2014: Joanne Engel, University of California, San Francisco

More information about the 2018 LGBTQ+ Diversity Session will be coming soon!

ASCB promotes safe and inclusive environments

Link to ASCB’s Workforce Diversity Statement

Link to ASCB’s Anti-Harassment Policy (PDF)


ASCB travel awards for trainees in the LGBTQ+ community

More information here


Did you know?

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.


Organizations and groups for LGBTQ+ students and scientists:

Out in STEM (oSTEM)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) 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. The 2018 conference will be held in Houston, from November 15-18.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)

NOGLSTP is a professional society 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.

Facebook Group: Gay/Lesbian/Queer Cell Biologists

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