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Coming Out in the Sciences
October 12, 2010 5:51 AM   Subscribe

"We realized we'd never seen a Coming Out Day feature dedicated to the experiences of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered persons in the sciences and engineering." Science journalist Steve Silberman interviews Neena Schwartz, and gathers personal stories from Eric Patridge (President of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Tomlinson Holman (inventor of the THX Sound System), and others.

Addtional:

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
Dr. Schwartz's book, A Lab of My Own.



Happy National Coming Out Day, everyone!

(via BoingBoing)
posted by magstheaxe (6 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fact: There are gay engineers. Fact: Their lives are better than yours.
posted by griphus at 6:03 AM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


Silberman is metafilter user 16207.
posted by bukvich at 6:09 AM on October 12, 2010


Silberman: What convinced you to come out?

Schwartz: Writing A Lab of My Own. I started working on the book 10 years ago because no one had documented the feminist movement in science.


Margaret Rossiter's foundational books on the history of women in American science were published in 1984 and 1998, but IIRC they are pretty darned heteronormative. I just did a google books search in them for "lesbian," "gay," and "homosexual," and got no hits. Still essential reading for anyone interested in the general topic of women in science, though.

Thanks for the post. I'll look up Schwartz's book.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 1:30 PM on October 12, 2010


Here I am, sorry I didn't see this until today. Thanks for posting, magstheaxe.

(One slight correction: Other than Schwartz, the other interviews were done by a wonderful gay evolutionary biologist, Jeremy Yoder. The whole package was cooked up with the help of BoingBoing's brilliant science editor, Maggie Koerth-Baker.)

I felt honored to talk to a pioneering scientist like Neena Schwartz.

By the way, I haven't mentioned it on MetaFilter yet, but a few weeks ago I launched a blog on the Public Library of Science called NeuroTribes. I'll be focusing on science, culture, and neurodiversity. MetaFilter readers might enjoy the exclusive interview I did last week at Wired.com with Ari Ne'eman, the first openly autistic Presidential appointee (and one of the youngest) in history. It's a very outspoken interview.
posted by digaman at 2:44 PM on October 12, 2010


By the way, I haven't mentioned it on MetaFilter yet, but a few weeks ago I launched a blog on the Public Library of Science called NeuroTribes. I'll be focusing on science, culture, and neurodiversity. MetaFilter readers might enjoy the exclusive interview I did last week at Wired.com with Ari Ne'eman, the first openly autistic Presidential appointee (and one of the youngest) in history. It's a very outspoken interview.

What does ANY of this have to do with National Coming Out Day?
posted by hippybear at 4:16 PM on October 12, 2010


> What does ANY of this have to do with National Coming Out Day?

digaman = user 16207 = Silberman

It is an aside. "By the way . . ."
posted by bukvich at 6:36 AM on October 14, 2010


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