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Working Group on LGBTIQ Equality (WGLE)

Website: http://wgle.aas.org

History: Established January 8, 2012

Members: Members of the working group are drawn from the community and appointed by the WGLE executive committee. All AAS members are invited to participate.

Term: The working group is governed by a 5-member executive committee appointed by the AAS Council. Their three-year terms are staggered. The chair is elected by the executive committee.

Charge: The Working Group on LGBTIQ Equality (WGLE) is tasked with promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals within our profession. To that end, WGLE will work to:

  • end hiring and workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression;
  • eliminate the inequalities in compensation experienced by LGBTIQ individuals;
  • create a professional climate that respects and values diversity;
  • serve as a conduit for communication between the AAS Council and the LGBTIQ community;
  • support networking and peer mentoring among LGBTIQ individuals; and
  • provide resources to support LGBTIQ equality within the astronomical profession

Committee members