LGBTSTEMDay 2019

Oxford University
Jul 5 · 6 min read
Dr Clara Barker in her lab at the University of Oxford

Dr Clara Barker is a thin film material scientist and Laboratory Manager of the Centre for Applied Superconductivity in the Department of Materials. She is also the Chair of the Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group and a Stonewall School Role Model as well as running LGBTI+ youth groups and advocating for equality in her spare time. Here, she explores the importance of LGBTSTEMDay.

5 July 2018 saw the first International LGBTSTEMDay — the International Day of LGBTQ+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This event was celebrated by many STEM institutions and universities. It is easy to imagine that STEM subjects are accepting of all, and that being LGBT+ does not impact your career as a scientist. However, in the last few years there have been various reports that show this not to be the case. A report by the American Physical Society released in 2016 showed increased isolation and increased hostility or exclusion as an LGBT physicist compared to non-LGBT+ people, with transgender and gender non-conforming people experiencing these issues to the greatest degree. A 2018 paper by Hughes showed that LGB people are more likely to leave the sciences than non-LGB colleagues, and an earlier report by Yoder & Mattheis showed that many STEM researchers felt unable to be out at work, with some fields being worse than others.


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Oxford is one of the oldest universities in the world. We aim to lead the world in research and education. Contact: digicomms@admin.ox.ac.uk

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Oxford is one of the oldest universities in the world. We aim to lead the world in research and education. Contact: digicomms@admin.ox.ac.uk

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