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Physicists within the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) LGBT+ community

The APS DPP Pride Committee was established in 2021 and envisions a scientific community that is open, welcoming, and supportive of all scientists within the gender and sexual orientation minority communities.

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  • Letter sent to NASA Associate Administrator Steve Shih

    • Dear Associate Administrator Steve Shih,

      The plasma physics community is disturbed and saddened by NASA leadership’s recent termination of the test project at Goddard Space Flight Center that allowed employees to display their pronouns in official agency identifiers, as well as reports that this policy change was communicated in a manner that disrespected employees’ identities. Public statements from NASA in response have done little to address the concerns of the LGBT+ community and fail to commit to restoring this option and making it available to all NASA employees.

      As members of a professional society spanning a wide range of career statuses from students to scientists and faculty, we want to emphasize that voluntary (or opt-in) usage of personal pronouns in display names, screen names, and other forms of ID is a professional practice that is widely used at many institutions, both public and private, and a low-cost tool for affirming the gender identities of employees.

      We are deeply concerned by individual accounts that employees were told by leadership that their pronouns were removed because they made others uncomfortable. An environment that discourages employees from disclosing their gender identities can lead to misgendering and other harmful outcomes for marginalized individuals. Shaming vulnerable employees for displaying their pronouns in this manner is unprofessional and unacceptable. 

      We urge NASA to choose a standard of practice that gives employees the flexibility to use and display their preferred pronouns at their own discretion.  We note with interest that NASA has described this policy as successful, and we are dismayed that this successful policy was terminated with no notice, and that NASA has failed to provide an equivalent service. This is a significant step backward on NASA's journey toward creating a diverse and equitable workforce.

      Derek Schaeffer (Chair, he/him) 
      on behalf of the APS DPP Pride Committee

      Attached is a complete list of signatories to this letter.

  • ASP DPP 2021 Gatekeeper Mini-Conference

    • The mini-conference focused on how “gatekeepers” — those responsible for hiring into the workforce and admissions into graduate programs — can enact systemic change at the graduate level, and was organized by the DEI OCC, Pride, and W+IPP. Links to session abstracts and presentation PDFs and videos can be found here.
  • Pride Luncheon at APS DPP Annual Meeting

    • Join DPP Pride for our first ever Luncheon at the APS DPP meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 12:30-2 pm.  Meet fellow LGBT+ plasma physicists and allies over a catered lunch, followed by a panel discussion introducing DPP Pride and a questions-and-answers session. Tickets can be purchased during registration, or at the registration desk on-site.  If you’re attending the DPP meeting remotely, participation in the luncheon is free. This event is open to all DPP members, and we encourage allies to join.
  • Abstract Submissions are open for Gatekeeping Mini-Conference

    • The 2021 Annual Meeting will feature a new mini-conference on increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the national plasma physics pipeline. This mini-conference will focus on how “Gatekeepers” - those responsible for hiring into the workforce and admissions into graduate programs - can enact systemic change. Abstract submissions remain open until August 2. For more information, see:

  • DPP Pride Booth at APS DPP Annual Meeting Job Fair

    • DPP Pride will be hosting a booth at the 2021 APS DPP meeting Job Fair to provide a space for employers to highlight their support for LGBT+ applicants and showcase effective practices for creating inclusive environments. Join us at the Job Fair to find out more! Are you an employer? Contact us to get more information about participating!
  • Come Meet Other LGBT+ Plasma Physicists!

    • DPP Pride is organizing an informal networking dinner for LGBT+ community members and their families to take place during the APS DPP annual meeting in Pittsburg, PA on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 from 7-9 pm. Location TBD. Please bring a method of payment for your dinner. An informal social event for later that week will be planned during the dinner.  For updates: check back at this website; consider signing up on our mailing list; or look for our advertising at the DPP meeting in the registration area.
  • LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate

  • Pride Month Happy Hour!

    • DPP Pride is hosting a special (virtual) happy hour to celebrate Pride month, Thursday (6/24) at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.  Stop by to say hello, meet your fellow LGBT+ plasma physicists, or share your favorite story about Pride month!

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