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Celebrating LGBTQ+ STEM Day 

Every year, awareness is raised on November 18th surrounding the work and barriers of LGBTQIA+ people within STEM-related jobs.  

Diversity in STEM isn’t just about ticking boxes or meeting quotas; it’s about fostering an environment where everyone can contribute their unique perspectives, experiences, and talents.  

Research has shown that more diverse teams are more likely to be innovative and make scientific and technological breakthroughs. When individuals from different backgrounds collaborate, they bring a variety of viewpoints to the table. This mixture of thoughts often leads to creative problem-solving and ground-breaking discoveries. 

Did you know? 28% of LGBTQ+ people have at some point considered leaving their jobs because of a hostile workplace, or discrimination towards them. There is still a lack of understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, leading to limited support in the workplace.  

That’s why LGBTQ+ STEM Day is so important. 

  • Visibility and Representation: It highlights the achievements of those within this community and in STEM careers. This visibility may help to inspire young LGBTQ+ individuals considering a career in STEM. 
  • Breaking Barriers: Discrimination and bias can be significant barriers to career advancement for LGBTQ+ individuals. 
  • Building Support Networks: Helping to foster connections within the community, providing a platform to share experiences and offer support.
  • Education and Advocacy: Helping the broader public understand about the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and to advocate for change. 


“I’m fortunate that the only LGBTQIA+ challenge I have faced in my career is the continual ‘coming out’ to new people. I know others are not so fortunate. At Perfectly Fresh, our whole business is STEM based. With our Values & Behaviours and supporting policies, we are building a business where everyone can thrive, with a sense of belonging and recognition for their unique contribution” – Simon Allison, Chief of Staff


STEM in the Real World 

STEM fields aim to solve real-world problems, and to do so effectively the people working within these fields should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. It ensures that solutions are relevant, equitable and inclusive. 

Furthermore, encouraging diversity in STEM careers is an essential step toward a more equal society. It sends a powerful message that anyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, can pursue a rewarding and impactful career in these fields. 

Research from the Institute of Physics found that 1.4% of people in the field identify as non-binary, however when asked about sexuality 83.5% identified as heterosexual, 5.2% identified as Bi, 3.4% identified as gay and 2.5% identified as ‘other’.