Out and G3 Awards – How about some scientists?

I’m taking it easy today so this will be a brief post to follow up on an old one in which I bemoaned the lack of (visible) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered physicists. I was subsequently invited to speak at an event in London about this issue. I couldn’t make it because of other commitments, but I gather it went well. Anyway, in my earlier post I wrote

It has always annoyed me that the Independent newspaper’s annual “Pink List” of the UK’s most influential LGBT people never – and I mean never – has a single LGBT scientist on it, despite the immense amount they do not only in research, but also in teaching and outreach. It’s very sad that this work is largely unacknowledged and even sadder that a great many potential role models are hidden.

Actually this year’s Pink List did have one scientist on it, but my point remains relevant. It turns out that nominations are open for the Readers’ Awards of Out  and g3 magazines  to be voted on by the public in 2014. The prizes will awarded in April and expect to be reported in the gay media, they often lead on to more widespread publicity for the winners. So I thought I’d do my little bit to encourage folk out there to think about nominating a scientist or engineer for this prize.

You may nominate your favourite sportsperson, broadcaster, celebrity or  ‘straight ally’, but why not put forward the name of a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender person you know from the world of science, medicine or engineering under the ‘Inspirational Role Model of the Year’ category?

All you need for now is their name and email address, so it only takes a few seconds.

Go on. You know you want to. The link is here.

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2 Responses to “Out and G3 Awards – How about some scientists?”

  1. Although statistics don’t really exist, GIRES (http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/key-projects/trans-inequalities-reviewed/introduction-to-the-review/) estimates the percentage of transgender people in the UK to be less than 1%. Given that the media can only cope with around 5 visible physicists in the UK* at any one time, I fear that it is statistically unlikely that we will see a transgender physicist recognised by the media.

    * One of whom is obliged by statute to be Brian Cox

  2. Do Brians May and Cox jobshare in the role of ‘public-friendly boffin’?

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