Originally posted on PhD Balance social media platforms on 11/18/2020.

A light blue graphic with the new gay pride flag running down part of it (the rainbow flag with black and brown stripes added at the top. Text read LGBTQ+ STEM Day, November 18th 2020. There are icons of a microscope, three gears, a light bulb and a protractor

Today is LGBTQ+ STEM Day!

While today is a celebration of LGBTQ+ scientist, we must also take some time to reflect on the barriers they face in academia and grad school and how those who are also members of other minorities groups face discrimination from multiple fronts.

Academics are told to "keep their private life at home" when they come out and things are only worse for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. In fact, 28% of LGBTQ+ people have considered leaving their jobs because of discrimination.

A number of free events have been organized today by many different groups, the details of which can be found on the Pride In STEM website! To all our LGBTQ+ STEM followers, hope you have a great day and for all our allies, take today to attend some of the events if you can and learn more about LGBTQ+ STEM life!