LGBTQ workers in STEM are living a double life constantly. A recent study, focusing on the life of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer), has found the challenges they face while working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The study, which was published in the Journal of Homosexuality in last month, has received accolades from different sections of society.
Allison Mattheis, the lead author of the research and an associate professor of education at California State University (CSU) in Los Angeles said that the response was a huge relief for her and the co-authors, Jeremy Yoder, an assistant professor of biology at CSU in Northridge, and Daniel Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, a senior instructor of chemistry at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Allison said that the research was somewhat an eyeopener about the conditions of LGBTQ workers in STEM. In STEM, workers are not allowed to bring any aspects of their personal lives in the workplace. This creates problems for most. Some of them are forced to live a dual life due to this issue.
According to Jeremy, the environment at the workplace can also create mental stress for LGBTQ people. During the research, two subjects have said that they got full support of their teams and their supervisors during their transition. However, others were not as lucky as these two. They were ridiculed by their peers left and right. The stoic indifference of their supervisors did not help them either.
Making teachers more aware of gender fluidity is the only way to solve this problem. Safe Zone training can give them a nice perspective. They can spread this changed perspective with other students and workers as well.