The women in science have been the topic of long debate. Recently famous article about good-looking scientists received criticism from the feminist movement for objectifying women. The concept of gender segregated laboratory is being suggested now to stop scientist from falling in love with each other. The advocates of this concept want to limit all possibilities of romance but haven’t explained how it will work for homosexuals.
Along with women, the scientist from the LGBT communities has been sidetracked through the mainstream scientific dialogue. The United States recently gave green signal to same-sex marriages but will LGBT scientists receive equal respect from the scientific community is the matter of debate. Many experts are pointing out that gender equality issue has been over discussed in science through policy engagements, research and activism.
But if we look at the researchers about LGBT communities in the science, there is a lot of work needs to be done. The sexual minority data is also missing from the Royal Society’s database about the United Kingdom’s scientific workforce report, which says it compiles material based on disability, age, class, gender and ethnicity. Many times, a researcher chooses not to be open about the sexual orientation because prejudiced lab environment.
Many LGBT community members have pointed out that there is silent prejudice in the scientific world. Many follow the ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ introduced by the US military in the armed forces. This environment has resulted in the tokenism, isolation, discrimination and invisibility of the sexual minorities in the science.