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A Scientist Has Started a New Hashtag to Increase The Visibility of Bisexual People in Science

Diversity makes science better.

CARLY CASSELLA
21 APR 2018

For hundreds of years, science has been traditionally thought of as a heterosexual, male field. And now, even in the 21st century, there is little encouragement or support for scientists who do not fit this mold.

 

Isabel Ott describes herself on Twitter as a "Bunyavirus enthusiast." She's a virologist who studies mosquito-borne virus evolution, and she's also a proud bisexual.

This week, she started a new hashtag, #BiInSci, to increase visibility for bisexual members of the #LGBTQinSTEM community.

The future of science depends on innovation and diversity of thought. LGBTQ individuals are an important part of this diversity.

Yet many do not feel comfortable opening up about their sexuality in a discipline that prides itself on being as impersonal and unbiased as possible.

Often in the scientific community, putting forward a personal identity is seen as a direct opposition to scientific neutrality - even if it has nothing to do with the actual academic work.

As a result, personal identities are often conspicuously missing from academia, creating a scarcity of scientist role models for LGBTQ youth.

 

Movements like Ott's #BiInSci go a long way towards increasing the visibility of LGBTQ scientists around the world.

And so far, the responses have been all kinds of wonderful.

And, of course, there were the inevitable puns.

Although, with an abundance of biological scientists, some fields were beginning to feel left out.

Even astrophysicist and science communicator Katie Mack jumped on board the hashtag train.

A raise of the mug and a high-five for diversity in science and all those who participated.

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