SGMA, established by the AAS Council to promote equality for sexual-orientation and gender minorities within our profession, succeeds the Working Group on LGBTIQ Equality (WGLE).
LGBTIQ Tag Definition: Related to Working Group on Gay and Lesbian Equality (WGLE) and their mission for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals within the astronomy profession.
At its 219th semiannual meeting last week in Austin, Texas, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) presented a certificate of appreciation commemorating Dr. Frank Kameny’s lifetime efforts to secure equal employment rights for all. In 1957 Dr. Kameny, a Ph.D. astronomer and member of the AAS, was unjustly fired from his position with the U.S. government because he was gay. His subsequent efforts to advance the cause of gay rights included organizing some of the first public protests for homosexual rights in America, running as the first openly gay candidate for Congress, and writing the first petition to the Supreme Court to argue that discrimination based on sexual orientation violates constitutional civil-rights protections.