In 2017, I founded House of STEM—a network of LGBTQ+ people working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Ireland. The network connects a community of people who work together to improve inclusion and representation of LGBTQ+ people in STEM. We share a monthly mailing with news and resources, and held our first public event in May 2018 at Science Gallery Dublin—Out Thinkers, in collaboration with Pride in STEM.
For more on House of STEM, visit houseofstem.org.
I was a co-organiser of the first International Day of LGBTQ+ People in STEM, on July 5 2018. #LGBTSTEMDay 2018 was organised by Pride in STEM, House of STEM, InterEngineering, and Out in STEM. It was supported by over 40 scientific organisations, including CERN, Science Foundation Ireland, the European Space Agency, Wellcome, and AAAS. It engaged tens of thousands of people online, and saw events and get-togethers happen all around the world.
For more on #LGBTSTEMDay, visit lgbtstemday.org.
Here's a talk I gave at Inspirefest 2018 about House of STEM and #LGBTSTEMDay:
In 2016, I joined Sacha Coward and Russell Dornan as part of Queering Museums, an initiative to bring queer museum content to a wider audience. In doing so, I joined a network for LGBTQ+ museum workers with a view to improving LGBTQ+ representation in science museums and science centres.
The @QueeringMuseums Twitter account is an online museum of queerness that is quickly becoming a hub for queer museum workers and an online presence for the Museum pride London network. The Queering Museums Podcast was produced as part of LGBT History Month in the UK, and featured diverse LGBTQ+ voices from the international museum and heritage sector.