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, an award for LGBT scientists was established as well as a mentoring network and scholarship program for students and a biannual career summit.[1]

As of 2014, the organization had five regional affiliates based in Los Angeles, San Diego, the Chesapeake region, Indiana University, and Purdue University, and three subject-matter affiliates for chemists, mathematicians, and astronomers. It is also an AAAS affiliate organization.[1]

LGBTQ+ Scientist of the Year Award[edit]

The NOGLSTP recognizes an LGBTQ+ Scientist each year "who has made outstanding contributions to their field, and recognizes the awardee for sustained contributions in design, management, or research[3]

Awardees are:


  1. ^ a b c Belmont, Barbara (2014). "National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc.". In Stewart, Chick. 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.
  3. ^ "Recognition Awards – NOGLSTP". Retrieved 2018-05-11.

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