How Indian STEM can be a healthier, safer space for queer-trans people

How Indian STEM can be a healthier, safer space for queer-trans people

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India’s STEM academic community is finally talking about mental health issues that affect people in STEM. Recent efforts to IndiaBioscience, The life of scienceAnd other scientific media platforms attest to this. However, not all people working in STEM are created equal, and therefore not all of their mental health is affected in the same way. For queer-trans people (or more commonly LGBTQIA + – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and people with other gender and diverse gender identities), oppression because of their gender and / or gender identity are factors that affect their mental health.

As a BSc student at a research institute put it: “The stress of being locked in and trying to figure out who you are at the same time. [as] concentrating on studying is very mentally stimulating and emotionally draining. Another person who wishes to remain anonymous rightly put it: “Navigating simultaneously being queer in the personal sphere and dealing with academia in the professional sphere can be particularly taxing on one’s mental health and …

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