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Lab Leads Transgender-Inclusive Name-Change Partnership

Berkeley Lab is coordinating a partnership among the 17 national laboratories and prominent academic publishers to support name change requests from researchers on past published papers, allowing researchers of all genders to own their academic work.

Audio: The Name Change Initiative and the Power in a Name

 Listen as two Berkeley Lab leaders and a transgender scientist share their firsthand experience with the difficulties of a name change in academia as they discuss the Name Change Initiative, which focuses on making it easier for researchers to reclaim past work with their preferred name.

Fighting for trans rights — through research

Anti-trans legislation is taking aim at issues as diverse as sports, bathroom use, gender-affirming health care, and even the ability to obtain goods and services. And while the intense backlash on trans rights appears new, the fight for LGBTQ equality is not. Legal experts at UCLA’s Williams Institute are fighting back through data. Learn how it’s […]

Bucketlist Redemption: Meet Tom Goatant

Members of the Lambda Alliance secretly gathered enough Bucketlist points to award Tom Gallant, former Lambda Alliance ERG co-chair, a goat named in his honor. Dubbed ‘Tom Goatant’, Tom Gallant got to meet his namesake in person and also received a award marking the occasion. Tom was nominated for his years of work on behalf […]

More Easily Add and Manage Your Pronouns in Zoom

In Zoom’s new 5.7.0 version, there is now an option to add and manage your personal pronouns. “Pronouns are an essential piece to many of our diverse users expressing themselves and respectfully referring to others. Some common examples of pronouns are he/him/his, she/her/hers, and they/them/theirs. While pronoun sharing can be particularly important to LGBTQ community […]

Decades of Pride and Lambda Alliance Banner Design Overview

The raising of the rainbow-colored flag in celebration of Pride Month started at Berkeley Lab over 20 years ago. This year however, Lambda Alliance – the Lab’s Employee Resource Group and Activities Association that supports Sexual-orientation and Gender Minorities (SGMs) – opted to do something a little different to mark the beginning of Pride Month. […]

DOE Takes Pride in Progress

During Pride Month, the U.S. Department of Energy talked to our colleagues about what Pride Month means to them, how they celebrate Pride Month, and what’s on the horizon for our agency when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Watch the video below to hear their thoughts. Read the full article>>

Lab Raises the Progress Pride Flag – June 2021

This June, for the first time in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) history, pride flags were raised at headquarters in Washington, DC and Germantown, MD. In a fitting moment of solidarity and allyship, the Lab also raised the Progress Pride Flag, the same one flown by DOE, high upon the flagpoles outside of Building 65. […]

Pride Banner Raising Virtual Ceremony – 2021

During this year’s banner-raising virtual ceremony, Chief Diversity Officer Lady Idos noted: “This year’s theme for San Francisco Pride is ‘All in this Together.’ Given all of the challenges that we’ve been through in the past year, as a nation and a global community, the theme of unity and solidarity is appropriate. ‘All in this […]

Understanding the Past and Present: Pride Flag and Banner

The Pride banner at the Lab has a long history, going back to 1999 and the start of the Lambda Alliance at the Lab. Several times the banner was removed by unknown persons, but when that happened, Lab leadership stepped up. Lambda Alliance first formed in October 2013 as an employee resource group (ERG) to […]