Celebrating the Achievements of 2SLGBTQIA+ Microbiologists

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) celebrates the achievements and contributions of 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, plus) scientists to the field of microbiology. We believe that the various perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of our diverse membership enhance innovation, broaden the research agenda and further scientific advancement.

Committing to Inclusive Diversity With Equity, Access and Accountability (IDEAA)

Research shows that scientists who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ are 7% more likely to leave STEM fields, citing difficulties with publicly discussing their personal lives and feeling welcomed by their peers. 2SLGBTQIA+ scientists also report higher levels of harassment and insensitive comments in the workplace, particularly in university settings.

We strive to elevate inclusion 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 also 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 2SLGBTQIA+ microbiologists.

Featured Articles 

We prioritize the creation of robust content that celebrates inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA) in the microbial sciences, elevates the voices of scientists from historically underrepresented groups and identifies and engages with the work that still needs to be done to ensure the field of microbiology promotes IDEAA.


Creating More LGBTQIA+-Inclusive Biology Learning Environments

STEM fields are often considered unwelcoming for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. Learn how instructors’ actions in the classroom can help change that.

Genital Microbiome Research for Transgender Populations

Evidence-based treatments for vaginal symptoms associated with gender-affirming care are nonexistent. The Prodger Lab aims to address this health disparity. 

Pronouns Matter: Building 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion in STEM

Respecting people's pronouns is essential for engaging in meaningful communication. By listening and learning, one can create spaces of inclusion through connection and conversation. 

Featured Spotlights 

Spotlight profile articles highlight the work and experiences of microbiologists from a diversity of backgrounds and identities in science.

Where Activism Meets Science: Spotlight on Russell Thomas

For Russell Thomas, embracing their identity as a queer, nonbinary person has influenced their research in public health as they work to improve access to diagnostics for 2SLGBTQIA+ populations. 

Strength in Community: Spotlight on Joe Rouse

Joe Rouse, a Ph.D. student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is an out-and-proud 2SLGBTQIA+ scientist who recognizes the importance of community and being one's authentic self. 

Building Community: Spotlight on Juliet Johnston

Juliet Johnston, Ph.D., offers this piece of advice to early-career scientists from historically underrepresented groups: “Find community as fast as you can."

Featured Journals Content

ASM Journals Supports Author Name Changes After Publication

ASM Journals supports authors who have changed their names and want past ASM publications to reflect this change for personal reasons, including, but not limited to, change in marital status, religious conversion and gender identity confirmation.

In a “Scientist Spotlight” Intervention, Diverse Student Identities Matter

This Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education article reports on a brief, simple, online course designed to reduce identity gaps and help students see their “possible selves” in working scientists.

Building a Queer- and Trans-Inclusive Microbiology Conference 

For queer and transgender scientists, microbiology conferences do not always feel welcoming. In this article from mSystems, researchers discuss how conference organizers can ensure STEM event spaces are inclusive and safe for 2SLGBTQIA+ attendees.

Featured Video Content

2SLGBTQIA+ Scientists Discuss Representation in Microbiology

Microbiologists who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community reflect on the importance of representation in the microbial sciences and offer advice for early career scientists.

Minority Mixer at ASM Microbe 2022.

Minority Mixer at ASM Microbe 2022.

Source: American Society for Microbiology

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