To celebrate Pride Month, Gladstone is featuring panelists from Out in Science by asking them to answer five questions.
Sam Long (he/him) is a Chinese-American transgender man and high school science teacher in Denver, Colorado. He cofounded GenderInclusiveBiology.com, a website for gender-inclusive biology curriculum resources, as well as the Colorado chapter of the Transgender Educators Network.
Teaching high school life science topics in a way that is accurate and inclusive of diverse gender, sex, and sexuality.
It’s important for me to be an out transgender science teacher so I can model to all students that identity matters in science, and we learn best when we bring our whole selves into the community.
Show your allyship in a continual, visible, and vocal way. Interrogate the practices that you use to hire, evaluate, and retain staff.
Ben Barres, a neurobiologist at Stanford, was the first trans scientist I knew of. When I was a college student, I reached out to him via email for advice on navigating a career. He encouraged me to be open about my identity, to choose the work that I loved, and not to limit myself based on assumptions of whether or not I would “fit in.”
I’m reading the book “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” by physicist Richard P. Feynman.