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The author discusses their experiences as a member of the LGBT community within the geosciences discipline. The author references a study conducted in 2015 that surveyed LGBT people in STEM fields. 

Queer Science is a new program at the University of Minnesota that invites queer and transgender high school students to the university. Students participate in college-level hands-on experiments with transgender and queer scientist who serve as mentors and role models for the participants. 

The authors surveyed individuals working within STEM fields who identify as part of the LGBTQA community. The authors analyzed 1,427 responses from a 58-item questionnaire reporting the experiences the participants in regard to whether their work and social communities were welcoming to their…