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Stepping Up To Be a Role Model For LGBTQ Inclusion in Science

from Nature

Neil Reavey writes, "In 2011, my husband and I moved from the United Kingdom to the United States. I was supporting him on a three-year assignment working in research information technology at AstraZeneca’s site in Boston, Massachusetts, and I took a job managing a research-ethics programme at the same site. A few weeks into the job, a colleague described the issues she had faced working in science as a woman with a wife and children. As individuals who were open about our sexuality at work, we reflected on the difficulties of making the decision to come out. My colleague and I also spoke about our anxiety over not knowing whether our identity is affecting day-to-day successes and failures. Is my work being peer reviewed without bias? Are assumptions being made about my ability to influence or lead laboratory groups or projects?" more

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