BMSS40 LGBT+ report

LGBT+ meet-up at 40th BMSS annual meeting in Manchester

In the run up to the BMSS annual meeting in Cambridge in 2018 a few members showed interest in having an informal get together with other LGBT+ members and allies.  So for 2019 the BMSS executive committee supported the BMSS LGBT+ group in setting up an inaugural meet-up.

Around ten delegates came along and had a chance to meet with members of the recently formed equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) sub-committee in the RNCM committee room.  A lively discussion was had about issues facing LGBT scientists working in STEM following the publication of the ‘Exploring The Workplace For LGBT+ Physical Scientists’ report (website) back in June.  Delegates in general had a positive view of BMSS as an inclusive society and nobody reported feeling excluded due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  After meeting with the EDI sub-committee, delegates were invited along to the more informal surroundings of the The Flour and Flagon pub for pre-conference dinner drinks and a chance get to know one another.

Some LGBT+ members will be heading off to the LGBT STEMinar (website) in January to share their ‘pride in British mass spectrometry’.  We hope you will join us in Sheffield next year to make the LGBT+ meetup at BMSS41 bigger and better.

Rhodri N. Owen, Swansea University

16 September 2019