#LGBTSTEMDay 2020 Will Be On November 18

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the next international day of LGBTQ+ people in STEM will happen on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. 

The change of date comes after the result of an open survey and months of discussion. The date is symbolic of the 60th anniversary of American Astronomer and gay activist Frank Kameny’s US Supreme Court fight against workplace discrimination, a fight that continues today not only in the US, but in so many other countries worldwide. 

We hope that November 18 could come to represent all the people who today continue to make the world of STEM a better and more inclusive place!

Sorry gang, but we already have plans to mark July 5th. What should we do?

Keep going for it! In the last two years, we had dozens of anti-LGBTQ+ hate messages complaining that “we took the entire month of June and were trying to take July 5th”. 

If you have plans in place for July 5th make them happen. We always need more queer science celebrations!! We wholeheartedly support grabbing more unclaimed dates for the cause!

I would like to organise an event - where do I start?

If you would like any advice or support on putting together an event for LGBTSTEMDay, please get in touch with us. We might be able to put you in touch with a local group or organisation who can help, and we will definitely help you brainstorm and develop your ideas. We will be sharing a new version of our LGBTSTEMDay toolkit in the new year, but our 2019 toolkit is still available here, where you can find ideas and practical advice for events and local initiatives. You can also find inspiration from previous events by looking back through the #LGBTSTEMDay and #LGBTQSTEMDay hashtags on Twitter.
Also you can 
get in touch
here or on our social media:

@PrideInSTEM, @houseofstem@InterEngLGBT

@OUTinSTEM, @LGBTSTEM, @500QueerSci, 

Queer in STEM, Queer in Science, LGBT+ Physics

Who Was Frank Kameny?

Frank Kameny was an American astronomer who graduated from Harvard under the supervision of Professor Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, the first woman to head a department at Harvard and the first person to realize that stars were mainly made of hydrogen and helium. 

Kameny was a gay man. He was hired in the U.S. Army’s Army Map Service in July 1957 but was fired in January 1958 because they found out he was gay. He was barred from future employment by the federal government.

He appealed his firing through the judicial system but was unsuccessful, so he took the fight all the way to the US Supreme Court. In 1960, during the October Term he fought this battle and a document (linked here) bears the date of November 18.

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Is it ok picking a date around November 18th to have an event?

Sure, but we invite caution in the selection making sure that major clashes are avoided or properly addressed. 

For example, November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. If you plan to have a #LGBTSTEM event on that day you must center Transgender Day of Remembrance in your event explain and why it is so important. 

We do not want #LGBTSTEMDay to contribute to make intersectional identities within our community invisible.

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Join us on November 18, 2020, to celebrate LGBTQ+ people in all different part of STEM!

LGBTSTEM Day  2019 – ACT POSTERS

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LGBTSTEM Day 2018 Launch Video

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