National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals

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The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is a professional society for professionals in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.[1][2]

The organization was organized along the lines of earlier organizations of gay scientists in Los Angeles and the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, and arose out of a session at the 1980 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting. It was formally organized in 1983 and incorporated in California in 1991. The foundation of the organization was in response to issues such as gay scientists not being able to get visas to immigrate to the United States or security clearances to work in government laboratories, the lack of research on LGBT health issues, and loss of productivity due to the stress of stigmatization. Much of the organization's early work related to increasing the visibility of LGBT scientists and opposing homophobia. In the 1990s, it focused on encouraging corporations to adopt nondiscrimination policies and assisted in a 1995 Government Accounting Office report that recommended that LGBT status should not be considered a vulnerability to blackmail in security clearance investigations. In the 2000s and 2010s, awards for LGBT scientists, engineers, and STEM educators were established. NOGLSTP also organizes a mentoring network, a scholarship program for students, and a biannual career summit.[1]

NOGLSTP supports regional groups and caucuses who choose to affiliate with NOGLSTP. NOGLSTP affiliates and partners with other national STEM organizations, including AAAS.[1]

LGBTQ+ Scientist of the Year Award[edit]

NOGLSTP recognizes an LGBTQ+ Scientist, Engineer, and Educator each year "who has made outstanding contributions to their field" [3]. In addition, they give the Walt Westman Award to recognize NOGLSTP members who have significantly advanced NOGLSTP's mission.

Awardees are:

Year Educator Engineer Scientist Walt Westman
2004 Larry Wagner Rochelle Diamond
2005 Lynn Conway Sim Aberson
2006 Denice Denton Peter Ventzek Kerry Sieh Michael Parga
2007 Karl Mauzey Tim Gill Carolyn Bertozzi Christopher Bannochie
2008 Michael Falk Michael Steinberg Arnold Zwicky
2009 Virginia Uribe Anthony J. Gingess James Nowick
2010 Donna Riley Jay Keasling Jesse Michael Bering
2011 Ron Buckmire William Huffman Bill Hendrix
2012 Mark Pope Charles Lickel Martin Lo Amy Ross
2014 Timothy Atherton Christine Bland Nergis Mavalvala John Burke
2017 Anthony Butterfield Wolfgang Sigmund Matthew McGill Barbara Belmont
2018 Biswajit Paul David Taubenheim Dannelle Tanner
2019 Benny Chan Arianna Morales Jon Freeman Lauren Esposito
Year Educator Engineer Scientist Walt Westman


  1. ^ a b c Belmont, Barbara (2014). "National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc.". In Stewart, Chick (ed.). Proud Heritage: People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience. ABC-CLIO. pp. 261–265. ISBN 9781610693998. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ Pettis, Ruth M. "National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)". glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture. Archived from the original on 7 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Recognition Awards – NOGLSTP". Retrieved 2019-01-20.

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