LGBT Stem is a site dedicated to “Improving LGBT visibility in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”
STEM subjects (Science, Techonology, Engineering and Mathematics) have been traditionally thought of as heterosexual, masculine fields and the thought of this can be quite intimidating for those just starting out in the field who don’t fit this mold. This project showcases LGBT people in the STEM fields, showing the diversity of people that can be found in roles all across the STEM disciplines and hopefully providing some role models for people who are either at a junior stage in their careers, or who are only currently considering the possibility of going into a STEM field.
The future of Science relies on innovation, and the way to get it is to make sure that people from all walks of life enter the profession. LGBT individuals are an important part of this diversity.
They also conduct great interviews with LGBT folks in STEM, like this one with Harriet (Hattie) Brown:
What does your job involve?
My PhD Product is studying the acceleration methods for hypervelocity star through a binary exchange between binary star systems and supermassive black holes. I run simplified 3-body interactions looking at the probability of a binary exchange and the energy of the ejected star. As a side part of my course I also do teaching for first year undergrads, it’s not mandatory but it’s something I really enjoy.
How did you get to this job (education etc.)?
I did my Undergrad in Liverpool doing astrophysics on the joint course with University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores. I found out in the computational astrophysics module that I really love coding and once I finished my masters I got a PhD placement at John Moores working with Shiho Kobayashi, the same guy that taught me computational astro and I have been working with him since then.
Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?
It has affected my decisions in traveling, I am always hyper aware that there are places I could go overseas where I might not be safe. Me being trans has also limited my future, since i am on waiting lists here in england it makes it hard for me to pursue careers overseas where they may not have the same healthcare or would end up putting me on the bottom of waiting lists.