LGBTQ pride in STEM day celebrated with special events at Ontario Science Centre

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The Ontario Science Centre is celebrating International Pride in STEM Day with a series of events centred around members of the LGBTQ community in science, technology, engineering and math.

Science Centre staff say they hope the first International Pride in STEM Day — recognized by science organizations and LGBTQ groups around the world — will help make the STEM fields more accepting and representative of LGBTQ members.

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Today’s events kick off at 11 a.m. with an all-day showcase of photos and stories by LGBTQ scientists, aimed at breaking stereotypes about the people who enter the profession.

The Science Centre will also host a discussion about the assignment of gender to robots and artificial intelligence systems like Siri and Alexa, and a “Science Slam” speakers’ panel hosted by drag performer Rob Windisman, also known as Conchita, who holds a master’s degree in engineering.

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Registration to attend the speakers’ events begins at noon.

Staff say anyone who can’t make it to the Ontario Science Centre in person can join the discussion on Twitter using #LGBTSTEMday.

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