Thursday, November 18, 2021, marks the International Day of LGBTQIA+ People in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Turing applauds and celebrates LGBTQIA+ scientists across the globe on this occasion.
November 18 symbolizes the 60th anniversary of American astronomer and gay activist, Frank Kameny’s fight against workplace discrimination. Kameny petitioned the US Supreme Court in a case prompted by his dismissal from the US Army due to his sexual orientation. The day also recognizes the contributions and barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ people in STEM.
Kameny’s fight continues today, as statistics reflect:
- Twenty percent of trans people and twenty-eight percent of LGBTQIA+ people have considered quitting their jobs at some point because of a hostile work environment or discrimination against them.
- One in three physicists in America was urged to stay in the closet to progress in their careers.
- Half of the transgender or gender non-conforming physicists were harassed in their own departments.
Turing envisages building an inclusive environment for all developers on their journeys. The company strongly believes that embracing diversity can take humanity to great heights in every field.
And thus, the Palo Alto-based organization is increasingly moving towards building a safe space in the form of a community for each and every developer around the world to express themselves and grow in the process.
This November 18th, Turing invites you to celebrate the phenomenal work of its LGBTQIA+ employees and developers who have been a part of its journey and work together towards making STEM a more inclusive place for everyone.
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