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Committee for Sexual-Orientation & Gender Minorities in Astronomy (SGMA)


History: Established as the Working Group on LGBTIQ Equality (WGLE) on 8 January 2012

Members: Appointed by the AAS Board of Trustees

Term: Three years, June to June; staggered

Charge: To promote equality for sexual-orientation and gender minorities (SGMs) within our profession, including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, questioning, or queer. SGMA works to

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


To be determined.

Committee members

  • Stephen S. Lawrence, Chair (Jun 2017 - Jun 2020)
    Hofstra University
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
    151 Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY 11549-0001 United States
    (516) 463-5584
    Fax: (516) 463-3059
  • K. D. Kuntz (Jun 2017 - Jun 2020)
  • MacKenzie Warren (Jun 2017 - Jun 2020)
  • Jason Wright (Jun 2017 - Jun 2020)