Monday, 31 August 2015 16:38

Study: Scientists Professions More Accepting Of LGBT People

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It would seem that LGBT scientists are better accepted in their workplace than others in other professions.

This study was conducted by Jeremy Yoder, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and Allison Mattheis, an educational researcher at California State University in Los Angeles. She became interested in 1,400 LGBT people working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Each person had to answer a series of questions about sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, professional expertise, work environment and relationships with colleagues.

Published in the Journal of Homosexuality, the study also found that within these scientific professions, LGBT people working in social sciences, in which we find a greater proportion of women, were more accepted than in more «masculine» professions like engineering.

Kristen Renn, a social scientist at Michigan State University in East Lansing who studies LGBT college students, says the results of this study «provide a sense of possibility» to young LGBT people wondering about their professional future.

She said: «For those wondering, «Can I be an openly queer chemist?»» the answer is: «Yes. And you won't be alone.»

This study concludes that the welfare of workers begins with a friendly boss.