FAQ

Q: Who and what is NOGLSTP?
A: National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, NOGLSTP (pronounced nah’-goal-step), is a membership-based professional society of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people — and their allies — employed or interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. NOGLSTP educates people on LGBT issues in science and the technical workplace, and fosters mentoring and networking among its members. For a closer look at who we are, visit our Out and About Photoarchives section.

NOGLSTP was originally an organization called National Organization of Lesbian and Gay Scientists (NOLGS), born in January 1980 from a workshop at an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting to address issues of homophobia in the scientific workplace. For a brief NOGLSTP history, follow this link.

Q: Are bisexual and transgender people welcome as NOGLSTP members?
A: Although the words bisexual and transgender are not in our name, NOGLSTP welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities — gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and yes, even heterosexual.

Q: Why don’t you change your organization name to overtly include bisexual and transgender people?
A: The existing name is pretty long as it is, coined to be inclusive of technology, engineering, education, and healthcare professionals in addition to traditional scientists. Can you imagine adding BTIQ to it and getting it to fit on letterhead? In addition, we have put a lot of effort into promoting our existing name since 1983. To change the name now could be confusing to people and result in a loss of momentum. Finally, because our organization is incorporated, it would not be a casual matter — financially or documentation-wise — to make a name change.

Q: N. O. G. L. S. T. P….: How do I say it?
A: Those of us who run the show call the organization “nah’-goal-step”.

Q: Do I qualify to become a NOGLSTP member?
A: If you support the goals of NOGLSTP, you are welcome to join the organization. Although most of our members are queer technical professionals and science educators, we welcome all allies, regardless of profession, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For your convenience, you may join on-line.

Q: I am a student, studying {science, engineering, pre-med/nursing/vet}. Do I qualify for membership?
A: Not only do you qualify for membership, we have a special discounted dues category for students. In addition, all NOGLSTP student members are eligible to enroll in MentorNet’s One on One Mentoring Program, regardless of whether your school is a MentorNet participant. Follow this link for more information about the NOGLSTP Mentoring Project. For your convenience, you may join NOGLSTP on-line.

Q: What are the benefits of NOGLSTP membership?

    A:

  • subscription to our quarterly newsletter, NOGLSTP Bulletin
  • access to and permission to reproduce/distribute NOGLSTP copyrighted materials
  • networking opportunities with other NOGLSTP members via our membership roster and discussion e-list
  • mentoring and protege opportunities via our NOGLSTP Mentoring Project
  • organizational and (modest) financial support for local NOGLSTP activities you organize
  • an open invitation to attend any reception or meet and greet we sponsor in your locale
  • an opportunity to participate in NOGLSTP governance, leadership, and infrastructure

Q: I joined the NOGLSTP e-list a long time ago. Doesn’t that make me a NOGLSTP member?
A: The e-list presents an email discussion forum for its subscribers. As a service to our community prior to 2005, the e-list was open to all people. Some of these people are still on the e-list, but have not paid dues. These people are not NOGLSTP Members, but they are grand-parented into the NOGLSTP Community. NOW, you have to be a registered member of the NOGLSTP Community to access the links to join the e-list. You register as a member of the NOGLSTP Community by paying dues.

Q: I gave a donation to NOGLSTP. Does that make me a NOGLSTP member?
A: That depends.

  • If you give us a donation designated to support a specific program, all of the money you give us is used for that specific program. In this case, none of the money is applied to your dues.
  • If you give us a donation accompanying your dues and renewal form, part of what you give us is applied to your dues, and the remaining amount is applied as a donation.
  • If you are an individual who regularly gives us a large unrestricted donation (>$5000), we usually give you a complimentary one-year membership when we receive your donation.

Q: How can I get on the NOGLSTP e-list?
A: If you have an email address, you can get on the NOGLSTP electronic distribution list. But first you have to become a dues-paying member. Once you are registered with the NOGLSTP community and have paid dues, you will have access to a registered users area, which has a link to the e-list subscription area.

Q: Does NOGLSTP have a newsletter?
A: Yes, there is a quarterly newsletter available to NOGLSTP members. It is available to all members, prospective members and some publications and organizations. Its default delivery form is by standard postal mail. The newsletter discusses relevant information to the LGBT and scientific communities, as well as, NOGLSTP, caucus, regional and project news.

Q: Is the newsletter available from the electronic distribution list?
A: As the newsletter is a benefit for NOGLSTP members and prospective members, current issues are not available electronically, EXCEPT to members who have selected electronic delivery as their preferred delivery format. The newsletter is NOT available via the e-list, because not all people on the e-list are dues paying members. However, back-issues of the NOGLSTP Bulletin are available for your enjoyment. Hopefully, you will be so impressed with our news that you will immediately join our organization.

Q: Where do membership dues go?
A: Membership dues support the NOGLSTP Bulletin printing/mailing costs and a very modest outreach program. We depend on additional donations to support some of our current program goals.

Q: Anything besides newsletters and outreach?
A: NOGLSTP has organized workshops, scientific symposia, and poster sessions for presentation at the Annual AAAS meetings. Each of these symposia involved educating the scientific community about LGBT issues. Some recent symposia have been:

  • 2011: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender: On Campus and at Work
  • 2010: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender: On Campus and at Work
  • 2010: Targeting HIV/AIDS Prevention: New Research and Future Avenues
  • 2007: Security Clearance Issues: Special Concerns for LGBT Scientists, Engineers, and High-Technology Professionals
  • 2007: Electronic Mentoring Programs: Benefits to Minority Communities in Science and Technology
  • 2006: LGBT-Targeted Science and Technology Mentoring Programs: Employee Resource Group Participation
  • 2005: Defining Male and Female: Biology and the Law
  • 2002: Scientific & Ethical Perspectives on the Risks of HIV/AIDS Therapeutics
  • 1997: Assessing the Health Care Needs of the GLBT Communities
  • 1994: Social, Ethical, and Scientific Perspectives of Biological Research on Sexual Orientation
  • 1985: Homophobia and Social Attitudes -Their Impact on AIDS Research
  • For a chronology of workshops, symposia and poster sessions, visit our Past Meetings page.

    Other projects that involve your dues money — as well as donations — include the following:

    • The NOGLSTP Mentoring Program, a collaboration between NOGLSTP, MentorNet, industry GLBTA employee resource groups, and academia to mentor undergraduate and recent graduate GLBT scientists and engineers.
    • Development of a traveling exhibit of Queer Scientists of Historical and Contemporary Note for display at pride events throughout the nation.
    • Sponsor a glbt reception/mixer at the annual meetings of the professional societies of our majority professions: chemistry, engineering, and biology. So far, we do sponsor a reception for the chemists at the American Chemical Society national meeting each fall, and have been sponsoring a NOGLSTP reception at the AAAS Annual Meetings since 1994. In 2005, we started sponsoring a LGBT Meet and Greet at the annual meeting of the Society for Women in Engineering, as well as the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
    • Continue to bring visibility and honor to LGBT scientists, engineers, and educators, as well as the institutions who support us, with our annual recognition awards.
    • Promote academic excellence of talented LGBT students in STEM career paths with our Scholarship Program.
    • Fund a NOGLSTP representative to attend E-Week’s Diversity Council meetings, of which NOGLSTP is a founding member.
    • Support “Out to Innovate“, NOGLSTP’s career summit for LGBT people in STEM.

    Q: You manage to do all that on dues from members?
    A: Frankly, we need more money than just your dues. We also count on the generosity of corporate supporters and thoughtful donations from our members to fund our projects. To learn more about how you can make a donation to NOGLSTP go to our Donations Section.

    Q: Why haven’t I seen NOGLSTP exhibit at my professional society annual meeting?
    A: Time and money. First, NOGLSTP has no paid staff, so anyone representing NOGLSTP at a meeting is there on their own time (and often their own dime). Our representatives are activated NOGLSTP volunteers who are willing to step forward at their professional society meetings on behalf of LGBT people and NOGLSTP. Second, the cost of an exhibit booth at most professional society meetings is 4-5 figures. Without a major grant or benefactor, spending this magnitude of money to have a presence at all the professional society meetings would be unsustainable. If you wish to represent NOGLSTP at your professional society meeting, contact the NOGLSTP office to make arrangements to have NOGLSTP flyers, banners, and swag delivered to your conference hotel.

    Q: Where can I get more information about NOGLSTP?
    A: Check out the rest of this website, or contact the NOGLSTP Office.


    More about NOGLSTP:

  • A Brief History
  • Contact NOGLSTP
  • Corporate Records
  • Demographics
  • FAQ
  • Goals
  • Out and About PhotoArchives
  • Privacy Policy