Equity and Access

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol43 Issue16 8–12 May 2017

From the RSPE Equity and Access Committee

LGBTIQ rights: 'Being gay in Stem workplaces can be difficult’
Nearly half of LGBTIQ Australians hide their sexual identity at work, with many experiencing homophobic abuse.

CSIRO astrophysist Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith writes:

In 2015 a US survey found that LGBTIQ scientists felt more accepted in their workplaces than their peers in other professions did. The Queer in Stem survey, published in the Journal of Homosexuality, surveyed 1,400 LGBTIQ workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They found respondents in scientific fields that had a high proportion of women were more likely to be out to their colleagues than those who worked in male-intensive disciplines

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