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.
The task force is composed of five ASCB members:
Bruno Da Rocha-Azevedo, Research Scientist, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Lee Ligon, Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ashley Lakoduk, Graduate Student, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Gary McDowell, Executive Director, Future of Research

Gant Luxton, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota


We are looking for a 6th member, a postdoc! Interested ASCB postdoc members should contact sblatch@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:
2014: Joanne Engel, University of California, San Francisco

2015: Matthew Welsh, University of California, Berkeley
2016: Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health
More information about the 2017 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)


*New* 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. They have a very energetic annual conference — this year it will be in Chicago, from Nov 16-19.

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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