Division of Professional Relations

A Technical Division of the American Chemical Society

Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Subdivision

Welcome to the webspace of the PROF Subdivision for Gay and Transgender Chemists 

 Greetings from the 2011 Spring National ACS Meeting in Anaheim. 

Front row, L to R: Alberto, Mary, Shelley, Barbara (2010-2011 subdivision chair), Chris (2011 PROF chair), Stephanie

Back row, L to R: Owen (2013 subdivision chair), Janice, Goofy, Larry (2012 subdivsion chair), James

Goals of this subdivision:

  • Promote Inclusion, Advocacy, Recognition, Mentoring, Networking, and Diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning chemists
  • Educate the Society, its members, and employers of chemists about why overt inclusion  and acknowledgment of LGBT people is important – in EEO practices, in hiring/benefit practices, in the workplace social environment,  in diversity training, and in diversity outreach.
  • Collaborate with other organizations concerned about workplace and career issues unique to LGBT people
  • Maintain a long term collaborative relationship with National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals ( NOGLSTP ) , an ACS Diversity Programs Partner

Stay informed:

Why you should join this subdivision:

  • You want to be counted among the people who support the goals of this subdivision
  • You have ideas about how to achieve the subdivision goals and want to share them with us
  • You have leadership skills and experience and want to help us
  • You have insights/experience or are curious about promoting LGBT-inclusive diversity training and outreach
  • You want to learn about LGBT workplace and career issues

How to get involved:

  • Join the subdivision.
  • Join the ACS Member Network Group called “LGBT Chemists and Allies” to stay informed
  • Answer all member needs surveys that come your way.
  • Contribute ideas and content to national meeting programming by way of posters and presentations that relate to LGBT workplace and career interests
  • Volunteer to take a turn at the helm and with subdivision leadership.
  • Contact the subdivision leaders with comments, questions, and constructive criticism.

All people are welcome:

People of all orientations and genders are welcome to join this subdivision.  Our common ground is our commitment to and support of the subdivision goals.

ACS is working toward creating a culture of safe space for all people:  ACS Statement on DiversityACS Supports Employment Non-Discrimination, ACS Chemical Professional's Code of Conduct, ACS Academic Professional Guidelines  , Volunteer/National Meeting Attendee Conduct Policy

Our Subdivision In the News...

LGBT Chemists Seek a Place at the Bench (C&E News, October 17, 2016)

Empowering LGBT Scientists (Medill Equal Media Project, August 20, 2013) 

Coming out in the chemical sciences (C&E News, May 23, 2011)

Reducing Laboratory Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (Lab Manager Magazine, May 2, 2011)

Program and Program Resources:

2018 Fall National Meeting (Boston) Activities of Interest

 

  • Sunday, Aug 19 1:30- 3:15pm, PROF Symposium: Importance of LGBTQ+ Role Models & Mentors in Chemical Sciences: A Symposium in honor of Barbara BelmontMann 1/2, Aloft Boston Seaport; Cooperative Cosponsor: PRES; Nominal Cosponsors: CMA, WCC
  • Sunday, Aug 19 5-7 PM:  ACS Diversity ReceptionBack Bay B, Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Tuesday, Aug 21 5:30-7:30 PM: ACS Presidential LGBTQ+ and Allies ReceptionBack Bay B, Sheraton Boston Hotel

 

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2018 Spring National Meeting (New Orleans) Activities of Interest

 

  • Sunday, Mar 18 5:00 PM: Diversity Reception, St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside
  • Sunday, Mar 18 9:00 AM: PROF Symposium: LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium: Emerging Applications of Organic & Biochemistry: Soil Science, Biomaterials & Synthesis; Grand Salon D Sec 22, Hilton New Orleans Riverside; Cooperative Cosponsors: ANYL, BIOL, COMP, INOR, MEDI, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, PRES; Nominal Cosponsors: BIOT, CHED, CMA, COLL, CWD, ENVR, ORGN, WCC, YCC
  • Sunday, March 18 1:30 PM: PROF Symposium: LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium: Experimental & Computational Frontiers in Inorganic & Materials Chemistry; Grand Salon D Sec 22, Hilton New Orleans Riverside; Cooperative Cosponsors: ANYL, BIOL, COMP, INOR, MEDI, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, PRES; Nominal Cosponsors: BIOT, CHED, CMA, COLL, CWD, ENVR, ORGN, WCC, YCC
  • Monday, March 19 3:00 PM: PROF Symposium: LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium; Grand Salon D Sec 22, Hilton New Orleans Riverside; Nominal Cosponsors: ANYL, BIOL, BIOT, CHED, CMA, COLL, COMP, CWD, ENVR, INOR, MEDI, ORGN, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, WCC, YCC
  • NO LGBTQ+ Reception at this Spring meeting.  This usually happens in the Fall.
  • More diversity oriented events: Download the Diversity Roadmap

 

 

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2017 Fall National Meeting (Washington DC) Activities of Interest

  •  Sunday August 20, 5-7 pm: Diversity Reception, Marriott Marquis, Independence Salon A-C
  • Monday August 21, 8-11:25 am: PROF Symposium: Ten Years & Counting: PROF's Professional Subdivisions cosponsored by: CMA, CWD, ETHX, WCC and YCC, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, Tulip
  • Tuesday August 22,  8:30 – 11:30am: PROF Symposium: Investing in the Future: Mentoring Underrepresented Students in Chemistry Featuring presentations on mentoring students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC - Cherry Blossom
  • Tuesday August 22, 9:00 am - 11:30 am: ACS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board presents a Diversity Workshop: “Tools for Creating Equity in the  Chemical Work, Volunteer, and Education Spaces”Marriott Marquis (University of DC)
  • Tuesday August 22, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: ACS LGBTQ+ Presidential ReceptionAltitude - W Hotel Washington DC, Cosponsored by: ACS President-Elect, BIOL, BMGT, CARB, CEI, CELL, CEPA, CINF, CMA, COLL, CPRC, CTA, DAC, GEOC, INOR, NOGLSTP, ORGN, PA&PR, PROF, SCC & YCC.  A very special thank you to our financial sponsors: ACS President-Elect Peter K. Dorhout, CARB, CEI, CONC, PA&PR, BIOL, CMA, CPRC & SCC

 

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2017 Spring National Meeting (San Francisco) Activities of Interest

Official PROF GTCA Subdivision programming:

  •  Sunday April 2  LGBT Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Chemistry Research Symposium, Nikko Ballroom III, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, Cosponsored by: ANYL, BIOL, CHED, CMA, COLL, COMP, CWD, ENVR, INOR, MEDI, MPPG, ORGN, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, PRES and WCC; Financially supported by: Peter K. Dorhout (ACS President-Elect), Merck
    • 9-12 am: Emerging Applications in Inorganic Chemistry: Energy, Materials, Catalysis & Spectroscopy
    • 1:40-4 pm: Novel Reactions, Methodologies & Syntheses in Organic Chemistry
    • 4-5 pm Panel discussion. Celebrating LGBT identities in chemistry: Opportunities, challenges, and perspectives
  • Sunday April 2, General Poster Session, and Monday April 3, Sci-Mix Poster Session: Collaborations and outreach: A review of ACS presence at the 2017 Out to Innovate™ career summit for LGBTQ+ people in STEM
  • Monday April 3  LGBT Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Chemistry Research Symposium, Nikko Ballroom III, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, Cosponsored by: ANYL, BIOL, CHED, CMA, COLL, COMP, CWD, ENVR, INOR, MEDI, MPPG, ORGN, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, PRES and WCC; Financially supported by: Peter K. Dorhout (ACS President-Elect), Merck
    • 9-11:40 am: Frontiers in Analytical & Physical Chemistry: From Atmospheric to Atomic Discoveries
    • 2-5 pm: Advances in Medicinal & Biological Chemistry: From Therapeutics to Education

 Other events and presentations that may interest folks interested in LGBTQ+ equity:

  •  Sunday April 2, 5:00pm - 7:00pm: ACS Diversity Reception, Yosemite A&B - Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Yosemite A&B - Hilton San Francisco Union Square. (Note: this is NOT the LGBTQ+ Chemists and Allies Reception, which is only held at the Fall National ACS meetings)
  • CHED 233: Affects of gender and sexual orientation on belonging uncertainty in general chemistry, Nob Hill A - San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Monday April 3, 9:35am - 9:55am
  • CHED 2017: Diversity in communities when communicating science, Salons 3/4 - San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Wednesday April 5, 2:35pm - 2:55pm
  • PROF 52: Expanding the academic excellence model through gender diversity, Monterey I - Hotel Nikko San Francisco, Wednesday, April 5, 10:45am - 11:15am
  • PROF 53: Creating a mentoring culture to improve demographic diversity in academia, Monterey I - Hotel Nikko San Francisco, Wednesday April 5, 11:15am - 11:45am 

 

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2016 Fall National Meeting (Philadelphia) Activities of Interest

Sunday, August 21, 5-7pm: ACS Diversity ReceptionPhiladelphia Marriott Downtown, Franklin 11/12 

Monday, August 22, 1-5pm: Diversity & Inclusion in STEM: LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training for the Chemistry Community; Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City, Garden Room; Organized by: PROF GTCA, Cosponsored by: CHED, CMA, D&I, LSAC, SCHB, and YCC

Monday, August 22, 8-10pm: Sci-Mix poster: Making LGBTQ+ chemists more visible in the ACS: Activities of the gay and transgender chemists and allies subdivisionHalls D/E - Pennsylvania Convention Center

Tuesday, August 23, 5:30-7:30 pm: Presidential LGBTQ+ Reception; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Liberty Salon A; Sponsored by: PRES, Pres-Elect, PROF, NOGLSTP 

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2016 Spring National Meeting (San Diego) Activities of Interest

Sunday, March 13, 5-7pm

 

  • ACS Diversity Reception; Hilton San Diego Bayfront; Aqua Salon D; Sponsored by the ACS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

 


Sunday, March 13, 8-10pm

 

  • Sci-Mix Poster: Welcoming work environments and broadening participation for LGBTQ+ chemists; at the PRESIDENTIAL EVENT: My Comments to the President's Task Force on Employment; Hall D - San Diego Convention Center

 


Monday, March 14, 1:45-5pm

LGBT Chemists' Symposium on Chemical Biology

Carolyn Bertozzi: Why do cancer cells have altered glycosylation? C

Derk Trauner: Controlling biological pathways with unnatural chromophores

James Nowick: Understanding amyloid diseases with chemical model systems

Jay Keasling: Engineering microbes for production of chemicals and fuel

Panel Discussion:  Why LGBT issues matter in the chemical sciences

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Marina Salon E

Organized by: PROF Gay and Transgender Chemists and Alliess Chair James Nowick 

Sponsored by: PROF

Cosponsored by: BIOL, BIOT, MEDI, ORGN, PRES and WCC

Financially supported by: Immediate Past President Diane Grob Schmidt and President-Elect Allison Campbell

Sunday, March 13, 5-7pm
ACS Diversity Reception
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Aqua Salon D
Sponsored by the ACS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

Sunday, March 13, 8-10pm
Poster: Welcoming work environments and broadening participation for LGBTQ+ chemists
at the PRESIDENTIAL EVENT: My Comments to the President's Task Force on Employment
Hall D - San Diego Convention Center

Monday, March 14, 1:45-5pm
LGBT Chemists' Symposium on Chemical Biology
Carolyn Bertozzi: Why do cancer cells have altered glycosylation? C
Derk Trauner: Controlling biological pathways with unnatural chromophores
James Nowick: Understanding amyloid diseases with chemical model systems
Jay Keasling: Engineering microbes for production of chemicals and fuel
Panel Discussion:  Why LGBT issues matter in the chemical sciences
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marina Salon E
Sponsored by: PROF
Cosponsored by: BIOL, BIOT, MEDI, ORGN, PRES and WCC
Financially supported by: Immediate Past President Diane Grob Schmidt and President-Elect Allison Campbell

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2015 Fall National Meeting (Boston) Activities of Interest

ACS Diversity Reception

 

  • Sunday, August 16, 5-7pm, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Independence
  • Sponsored by the ACS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

 

Reception for LGBTQ Chemists and Allies

 

  • Tuesday, August 18, 6-8 pm, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Plaza Ballroom C
  • sponsored by The ACS President, PROF, and NOGLSTP

 

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2014 Fall National Meeting (San Francisco) Activities of Interest 

Sunday, August  10:

 

  • Undergraduate Workshop: ACS Diversity Panel: Defining Diversity & Supporting Students; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM; Esplanade Ballroom 305, Moscone Center, South Bldg; Organized by: Society Committee on Education Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board
  • Symposium: “Chemistry Plus Passions, Intersts: Careeers on the Road Less Traveled”; 1:30-5:20 PM; During the Session on “Chemistry Plus Passions, Intersts: Careeers on the Road Less Traveled”, Chris Bannochie will present “One chemist's reflections on the alleys and paths that border the road less traveled”. 2:05-2:35 pm; Location: Moscone Center, North Building, Room 132; Organized by: ACS Division of Business Development and Management, co-sponsors: CHED, PROF, SOCED
  • Diversity Reception; 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM; Plaza B, Hilton San Francisco Union Square

 

Monday, August 11:

 

  • “Workplace Issues Facing the LGBT Chemistry Community”; 1:30-3:20pm; Includes  “LGBTQ in ACS and the workplace: Status report”, presented by Barbara Belmont, followed by a round-table discussion involving all session attendees; Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Union Square 17/18; Organized by: Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies subdivision of the ACS Division of Professional Relations

 

Tuesday, August 12:

 

  • American Chemical Society Presidential LGBTQ+ Reception in San Francisco; 6:00 - 7:30 PM; Marriott Union Square Hotel, 30th Floor Russian Hill Room; ACS President Tom Barton will co-host, along with the ACS Division of Professional Relations and NOGLSTP, a reception for LGBTQ chemists and allies during the 248th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.  A host bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Please check the final online program for any last minute location changes.

 

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2014 Spring National ACS Meeting (Dallas):

No special events are planned for the LGBT ACS community during the Dallas meeting. We'll do something special at the San Francisco meeting in the Fall.  Come to the ACS Diversity Reception to meet and greet other LGBT people at the Dallas meeting: March 16, 5:30-7:30pm, Sheraton Dallas, Ballroom A2 

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2013 Fall National ACS Meeting (Indianapolis) Activities of Interest: 

Sunday September 8

  • Symposium 2:30 PM - 4:50 PM : The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion -- The Case for Diversity and Inclusion in Academic and Nonprofit Environments, sponsored by CMA, PROF, YCC, PRES.  Indianapolis Marriott Downtown - Austin/Boston Room
  • ACS Diversity Reception: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - JW Marriott Indianapolis - Ballroom 4 
Monday September 9
  • Symposium 8:00 AM - 10:55 AM : The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion -- The Case for Diversity and Inclusion in Academic and Nonprofit Environments, sponsored by CMA, PROF, YCC, PRES.  Indianapolis Marriott Downtown - Texas Room 
Tuesday September 10 
  • Symposium 8:00 AM - 12:25 PM: The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion -- The Case for Diversity and Inclusion in Industry Organizations, sponsored by CMA, PROF, YCC, PRES.  Indianapolis Marriott Downtown - Texas Room
  • Division of Professional Relations member meeting 3PM - 5PM: Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Marriott Ballroom 1/2
  • LGBT Reception, Sponsored by Dow Chemical: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room, 115 East Ohio St, Indianapolis
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2013 Spring National ACS Meeting (New Orleans) Activities of Interest: 

Sunday April 7

  • ACS Diversity Reception: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Hilton Riverside – Compass Room
Monday April 8
  • Sci-Mix - EVE Poster Session, Morial Convention Center Hall D, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Collaborations and outreach: A review of ACS presence at the 2012 Out to Innovate career summit for LGBT people in STEM, (Belmont, Bannochie, Wagner)
Tuesday April 9
  • Presidential Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Reception, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM -, Hilton Riverside- Melrose Room

 

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2012 Fall National ACS Meeting (Philadelphia) Activities of Interest:

Sunday August 19 5:30-7:30pm:

  • ACS Diversity Reception, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Franklin Hall 1 
Tuesday August 21, 9-10:55am:
  • Symposium on "The Value of GLBT Diversity and Inclusion to Innovation in the Chemical Enterprise", Philadelphia Downtown Courtyard by Marriott, Grand Ballroom Salong III&IV
Tuesday August 21, 5:30-7:30pm:
  • Presidential Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Reception, hosted by the ACS President, sponsored by PROF and NOGLSTP, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, CR 304/305 (Level 3)

 

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2012 Spring National ACS Meeting (San Diego) Activities of Interest:

Although no formal reception for LGBT people happens at the spring ACS national meetings, and it is not our turn to organize program, there are some activities you all might be interested in, as follows:

Friday March 23, 1-4 pm: Open meeting of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Marriott Marquis Marina Hotel, Mission Hills Room. This is an opportunity for LGBT chemists to raise questions, concerns, solutions, and visibility to a fairly new committee that is trying to address D&I for all people, including LGBT.

Sunday March 25, 5:30-7:30 pm: ACS Diversity Reception, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego Ballroom Salon C. If LGBT-folk show up, we will be part of the party. Wouldn't that be nice?
 
Monday March 26, 6pm: LGBT Chemists and Allies go OUT on the town, Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar, 353 Fifth Ave, San Diego CA. Join us for an informal gathering for networking and dining.  Here is a menu so you know what to expect and how much money to bring.   It might be a good idea to let the organizer know you are coming, just so the restaurant can be ready for everyone.  The organizer is 2012 PROF Subdivision for Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Chair Larry Wagner

Tuesday March 27, during the PROF Mentoring for Success Session, 1:30-4:50pm, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, Del Mar room “Mentoring Gay and Transgender people in STEM” , presented by Barbara Belmont, 3:15 pm to 3:45pm. This session is generally about mentoring. Barbara's presentation is the only one about LGBT .
Friday March 23, 1-4 pm:
Open meeting of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Marriott Marquis Marina Hotel, Mission Hills Room. This is an opportunity for LGBT chemists to raise questions, concerns, solutions, and visibility to a fairly new committee that is trying to address D&I for all people, including LGBT.
 
Sunday March 25, 5:30-7:30 pm:
ACS Diversity Reception, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego Ballroom Salon C
This is probably oriented to women and minorities, but if LGBT-folk show up, we will be part of the party.
 
Monday March 26, 6pm:
LGBT Chemists and Allies go OUT on the town, Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar, 353 Fifth Ave, San Diego CA
Join us for an informal gathering for networking and dining.  Here is a menu so you know what to expect and how much money to bring.   It might be a good idea to let the organizer know you are coming, just so the restaurant can be ready for everyone.  The organizer is 2012 PROF Subdivision for *** and Transgender Chemists and Allies Chair Larry Wagner: LWagner10-at-verizon-dot-net
 
Tuesday March 27, during the PROF Mentoring for Success Session, 1:30-4:50pm, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, Del Mar room “Mentoring LGBT people in STEM” , presented by Barbara Belmont, 3:15 pm to 3:45pm. This session is generally about mentoring. Barbara's presentation is the only one about LGBT .

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Fall 2011 National ACS Meeting (Denver):

Our Fall 2011 National ACS Meeting Poster was "Gay and transgender chemists: welcoming work environments", presented during the PROF Town Hall Forum and Poster Session.

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Spring 2011 National ACS Meeting (Anaheim): 

Our Spring 2011 National ACS Meeting (Anaheim) Symposium was "Gay and Transgender Chemists: The Case for Visibility and Diversity Inclusion",which included the following presentations:

Click on any of the titles to open up a PDF of the presentation power point.  You are welcome to use the presentation content as a resource, provided that you cite the presentation author and symposium as your source. Abstracts can be found in the program archives.

Outreach and Cross Promotion:

Saturday/Sunday, November 8-9, 2014: many LGBTQ+ Chemists will be at NOGLSTP's Out to Innovate 2014, a joint meeting with oSTEM's 4th National Conference. Workshops, Keynotes, Gala Awards Banquet, Poster Contest.  More information: Out to Innovate Website

Tuesday, September 25, 2012: Panel Discussion on "Strategies for Navigating LGBT Identity in Science", presented at the NOBCChE 39th Annual Conference, Washington DC 

Saturday/Sunday, October 13-14, 2012: Poster Contest and Panel Discussion on "LGBT Employee Resource Groups in the Chemical Enterprise", at NOGLSTP's Out to Innovate Career Summit for LGBT People in STEM. Columbus OH. PROF has an Innovating Program Grant to help fund registration for poster-presenting chemistry students.  Learn more!

How to join this subdivision:

Right Now: Download the new Division of Professional Relations brochure, and mail the completed form and dues to the PROF treasurer as instructed on the form. 

 

Last update: 2014 August 2