LGBT Engineers

A link to this great article from the American Society for Engineering Education was posted on Twitter just now by Andrea James (@jokestress).

The article is titled: Secrets Are Out — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender engineers are no longer willing to hide their true selves. It tells the story of professor emerita Lynn Conway who is transgender and kept this fact secret for most of her career after getting fired by IBM in the 60s. It also tells the story of Tim Wilson who was forced to keep his identity as a gay man secret by his employer.

Things are however looking better for the future as organizations are popping up to address these issues among students of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM):

Out in STEM (oSTEM), a smaller organization directed toward LGBT and “allied” straight students with the aim of educating and fostering leadership, […] has made a concerted effort to reach out to transgender students, and is seeking transgender members for its national board.

Full article: Secrets Are Out

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