This June, the American Society for Microbiology joins the nation in celebrating Pride Month by highlighting the achievements and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community to the field of microbiology.

Research shows scientists that identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community are 7% more likely to leave STEM fields, citing difficulties publicly discussing their personal lives and feeling welcomed by their peers. LGBTQIA+ scientists also report higher levels of harassment and insensitive comments in the workplace, particularly in university settings.  

We believe that the various perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of our diverse membership enhance innovation, broaden the research agenda and further scientific advancement. We strive to be inclusive and foster a welcoming environment for all. Science is rooted in remaining objective, eliminating bias and furthering understanding. We must adhere to these principles not only in our research, but in our interactions. We will continue to combat sexual harassment in STEM fields, enable members to choose or change how they identify in their publications and explore how we can build upon our current efforts to support and celebrate LGBTQIA+ microbiologists.

For LGBTQIA+ Microbiologist, Safety Comes First: Spotlight on Mo Kaze

Dr. Mo KazeDr. Mo Kaze’s experiences as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in academia emphasize the need for academic institutions to acknowledge and address safety concerns pertaining to this community. Read about Dr. Kaze’s groundbreaking research and her thoughts on how to better support LGBTQIA+ microbiologists in this Spotlight article.

From Spain to the U.S.: An Academy Fellow’s Journey

Dr. Natividad RuizAmerican Academy of Microbiology (AAM) fellow Dr. Natividad (“Natacha”) Ruiz discusses her journey from Spain to the United States and how she hopes to empower others to feel comfortable sharing and celebrating their identity through DEI initiatives, especially those dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Creating More LGBTQIA-Inclusive Biology Learning Environments

Dr. Natividad RuizSTEM fields are often considered unwelcoming for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Learn how instructors’ actions in the classroom can help change that.

Celebrating Pride Month with Dr. Phoebe Lostroh

Pride flagDr. Phoebe Lostroh, an Associate Professor and a member of ASM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce, discusses her science, shares advice for those who are interested in pursuing a career in education and identifies pathways to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

ASM Journals Supports Author Name Changes After Publication

Graphic of people with name tagsASM Journals supports authors who have changed their name for personal reasons, including but not limited to marriage or divorce, religious conversion, and gender identity change, and would like past ASM publications to reflect this change. Learn more about ASM’s Name Change Policy.

Exploring the Experiences and Inclusion of LGBTQIA+ Scientists

NIH LogoThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a blog on the experiences of people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community and work in STEM, including data on employee retention and interventions for promoting a more inclusive workplace.

Analyzing Systemic Inequities in the LGBTQIA+ STEM Workforce

Rainbow flagThe journal Science Advances published an article that examines systemic inequalities faced by LGBTQIA+ scientists in the STEM workforce. Read more about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ professionals in STEM, considering social exclusion, health and wellness and more.

MSK Cancer Center Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Scientists

MSKCC LogoMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center highlighted 5 LGBTQIA+ scientists who discussed their experiences being out in the workplace and how they hope to increase visibility of their community in STEM.

Discussing Barriers Faced by LGBTQIA+ Researchers

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The NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion hosted the virtual lecture, “Barriers for LGBTQ Scientists,” last year where Dr. Erin A. Cech, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, discussed her study on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ scientists in the workplace. Watch the recorded lecture.