I'm interested in coming along to your events but am not "out" at work. Is this OK?
There are a number of scientists and engineers who are not "out" at work for various reasons. In fact, it is unfortunately quite common. Our members come from both sides of the closet door so it's likely you'll find someone in a similar situation to yourself at our events.
How many people turn up to your monthly meet-ups?
We have about 20-30 people that turn up to our monthly meet-ups in Sydney and about 4-8 people in Melbourne. It is a very social and warm group of individuals who turn up each month and we'd love to see you there!
Australian laws already recognise and protect LGBTIA+ individuals so why do we need another LGBTQIA+ group?
Despite it being legal to be gay or bi in Australia this does not mean that homophobia does not exist nor does it mean we are on equal standing as our heterosexual counterparts. Science and engineering graduates who were out while at university often go back into the closet once they commence work in the science and/or engineering industry. Additionally, we often cite the potential threat of jeopardising our career as a reason for not coming out at work. This is a reflection of the homophobic culture that still exists in these two industries. Further, the science and engineering industries are two of the most homophobic among while collar industries. Turing Circle has been set up encourage LGBTQIA+ scientists and engineers to network, share their experiences, and support each other.
Why does it matter if I'm "out" at work or not?
Being authentic at work allows you to grow to your full potential in your career. Further, being open to others allows trust to be developed between yourself and your work colleagues. The time and energy spent in fabricating stories to cover up your life outside of work results in productivity loss for both yourself and your company. Turing Circle encourages everyone to achieve their full potential by being authentic to themselves.
I'm a science and/or engineering student. Can I come along to your events?
Absolutely! We are more than happy to have students join in on our events so please do come along! In fact, bring your LGBTQIA+ science and engineering friends along with you!
I'm heterosexual but would like to come along to your events to support the group. Is this OK?
Absolutely! We welcome allies in our group so you're more than welcome to come along to our events.
I'm not an engineer or a scientist but I would like to come along to your events to support the group. Is this OK?
Sure! Most of our members are scientists and engineers; however, we do have a handful of non-scientists and engineers who work alongside scientists and engineers or have an affinity for science and engineering.