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Posted in LGBT with tags , on November 18, 2020 by telescoper

Well, we’re here at LGBTQ+ STEM day. I’ll shortly be giving my zoom talk. I’ll post the slides here afterwards; it’s only fair that those people who are listening to the talk should get to see them first!

Incidentally, you’re probably wondering why this year’s LGBTQ+ STEM Day is today, November 18th, instead of the previous date, July 5th. The answer is that it honours astronomer Frank Kameny who, sixty years ago, brought a case of wrongful discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He lost his case, but it is an important milestone. Frank Kameny died in 2011, at the age of 86.

About 60 people attended the live session, which is quite a good turnout. Probably some more will watch the recording. My slides, such as they are, can be found here: