Scientists different sexual orientations gradually being recognized
Recall his life in the United States near the Kennedy space center in childhood, Justin Trotter said: "I am the golden boy." Handsome, good eloquence Trotter from lab work in university at the age of 14.
But he also has his own secret. Now neuroscience at Stanford postdoctoral Trotter said, as early as the age of 11 ~ 12, he began to feel attracted to the boy, but he is often education this kind of feeling is shameful. As a result, he noted that in the early teens and 20, he has been trying to hide your gender.
However, over the past two years of graduate studies at the university of south Florida, Trotter will tell yourself is the secret of gay of a few close friends. As a result, he found that depression disappeared, energy has improved, work has become more focused. "I feel at that time, as long as I do, a whole person. It is conducive to science." Trotter said.
More and more LABS and research centers around the world, people will hear similar. Gay people, bisexual people and transgender (LGBT) long faced discrimination or worse situation: in some countries they even considered offenders. However, secular attitude is changing. Global attitudes project according to the pew research center survey released last year as a result, the openly gay men in Western Europe, Australia, Canada and Latin America and other regions have higher public acceptance. And change is the biggest, a country has the world's largest research career. Here, the public attitude towards LGBT change faster than any other country. "This is an important moment in the history of the LGBT." Trotter said.
Many people lack the basic knowledge of sexual orientation. LGBT individuals often find themselves in teens and 20 years is difficult to deal with related issues. Some people will choose to forget all about eating and sleeping in work to escape. "College is a good place." Here said, "I don't even allow yourself to search online information, even if it helps."
Trotter, on the other hand, described the mood disorders are very common. According to the United States centers for disease control and prevention, gay people and bisexual people are usually more likely to be bullied or drug abuse, and suicide rates 2 times higher than heterosexual peers. Because of the lack of data, people can't know how many promising students because of the pressure to give up studying challenging degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But anecdotal evidence suggests that these cases do exist.
In addition, the LGBT community solidarity. Before the group rules, as long as not heterosexual belongs to LGBT. But within groups white gay men and lesbians, bisexual men and women feel marginalised, until in the past five years, transgender gradually be attention.
Wilstead said, however, are more concerned about the younger generation into the problem. Open and united young scientists are more likely to find mentors and role models. But LGBT activists, points out that research institutions should provide more help and gather more information. Barres thinks, the natural science foundation collected women, ethnic minorities in the U.S. researchers and whether the information such as disability, but no investigation of their sexual orientation, also does not have the system, a wide range of research about LGBT scientists social environment.