#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?
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?
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Who Was Frank Kameny?
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.
Is it ok picking a date around November 18th to have an event?
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.