A New Survey Is Hoping To Provide A Brighter Future For LGBTQ Scientists. | Gradient

A new survey is hoping to provide a brighter future for LGBTQ scientists.


Biologist Jeremey Yoder’s desire for more information on behalf of the LGBTQ community started because he was asked over and over if he felt represented as a gay scientist. He honestly didn’t know and after doing a bit of digging, realized that no one else really knew either. That’s a bit surprising, considering all the studies created to understand the struggles of other minorities in the workplace. So, being the scientist that he is, Yoder decided to create his own survey titled Queer Stem alongside Professor Allison Mattheis.

The first section of their research started in 2013 with attempts to understand the LGBTQ experience within the science industry through quantifying and qualifying experiences of Queer science professionals, and they made a few interesting discoveries.

First, the majority of people they talked to didn’t know any other queer people in their entire field. Secondly, over 40 percent of queer workers had not told any of their coworkers that they were gay. Thirdly, if workers had more women in their field or workspaces, they were much more likely to share about their orientations. These were all results that proved extremely frustrating to Yoder and Mattheis, but they were helpful in understanding the issues at hand and set them up well to create the next survey, which released last June.

An in-depth article detailing the survey’s beginnings and future was published on Wired earlier this week in which they quoted Yoder:

“In a lot of ways, the main goal of Queer in STEM is just to demonstrate that lots of LGBTQ-identified folks are working in science and technical jobs, and our concerns matter as a part of that workforce,” says Yoder.

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