Trans and Non-Binary Researchers Want to Make an Impact

A go-to argument for many people who don’t or choose to not understand our trans and non-binary siblings use “science” to argue their existence. This Science News for Students write-up is sharing how trans and non-binary STEM professionals are making STEM more inclusive.

Becoming a scientist takes years of hard work and dedication. Transgender scientists and engineers, though, face extra hurdles. Sometimes they feel alone because they don’t know other transgender researchers. When they transition, colleagues may treat them rudely and disrespectfully. And transgender researchers can be in greater physical danger when they travel to other countries for fieldwork.

But these scientists and engineers are gaining support. Universities and organizations are working to make them feel included in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. More researchers are talking openly about being transgender (often abbreviated as “trans”). And they are finding other trans people through meetings and social media.

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