Honoring LGBTQIA+ Organizations in STEM for Pride Month

The world of STEM has started to incorporate more inclusive practices and programming. While there are still greater strides to be made in diversity and inclusion in STEM, we’ve found some unique organizations that support LGBTQ+ inclusivity in STEM.

oSTEM

oSTEM is the largest chapter-based non-profit organization in the country, with over 100 active chapters in universities, colleges, and workplaces nationwide. oSTEM focuses on connecting and empowering LGBTQ+ with the appropriate tools and resources to thrive now and in the future. 

Since the group’s inception in 2005, oSTEM was the first organization of its kind to offer support to up-and-coming LGBT+ students and professionals.  Check out their website for a chance to learn more and support their cause. 

500 Queer Scientists 

500 Queer Scientists (500QS) is a self-led virtual community that encourages networking and greater visibility for LGBTQIA+ scientists. Group members voluntarily share their unique stories and experiences with a group of over 1,000 queer individuals who are proud of themselves and their work. 

500QS gives LGBTQIA+ professionals and their allies a platform to inspire each other and future generations. Check out their site to read some of the inspiring stories posted by 500QS community members. 

LGBTQ+ STEM

Since 2016, LGBTQ+ STEM has garnered international recognition as a community for LGBTQ+ STEM researchers. Founded by Dr. Beth Montague-Hellen, the group hosts fun and engaging events and advocates for equitable policies. LGBTQ+ STEM also interviews its community members for a deeper look at the individuals and their stories that make LGBTQ+ STEM possible.

Check out their site to learn more, join their organization, or sign up for their mailing list. 

Out to Innovate (formerly NOGLSTP)

Out to Innovate is another exciting and fruitful network of supportive and proud LGBTQIA+ individuals in STEM. The group offers peer support, professional development, networking, and education opportunities. Inspired by earlier grassroots organizations in the Bay Area, Out to Innovate debuted its nationwide programing in 1980, Out to Innovate is one of the oldest nationwide organizations to stand for LGBTQIA+ rights in STEM. 

Partnering with notable scientific organizations nationwide, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Postdoctoral Association. These impactful partnerships and others like them increase visibility and equal opportunities for LGBTQIA+ professionals in science.