Biology Professor Insists More Transgender Scientists Will Produce 'Much More Robust Science'

(Lou Foglia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

In modern America, Pride penetrates all. The nation’s new mission is inclusivity, and every sector must include it.

At least, those statements appear increasingly true.


And at Arizona State University, Professor Katelynn Cooper is doing her part. She was concerned about a lack of LGBT involvement in biology research, so she launched a new lab.

From NBC News:

When Katelyn Cooper, 34, was an undergraduate student studying biochemistry at Arizona State University, she was afraid to come out as gay. She said this was largely because science classrooms and labs have traditionally been seen as objective spaces where “who you are doesn’t matter.” 

But she wanted to matter, and that might be accomplished by discovering her instructors’ sexual interests:

“It felt pretty lonely as an undergrad,” Cooper told NBC News. “I remember admiring so many of my instructors in science and looking for any sign that anyone else maybe didn’t identify as straight or cisgender, because I just wanted some example of someone who had made it in science as an LGBTQ+ person.”

Katelyn earned her doctorate in biology and is now an assistant professor in ASU’s school of life sciences. She’s making moves to put the “L,” “G” and “B” in biology; and she’s adding a “T” and “Q”:

[C]ooper is conducting nationally funded research into how to create more inclusive learning environments for biology students at the college level. The Cooper Biology Education Research Lab, which she founded in 2019, focuses on understanding how students’ identities and mental health affect their experiences in biology education.


Science has been straight and white for too long; also expired: acceptable male dominance…

The goal isn’t just to make classrooms more inclusive, she explained, but to bring more diversity to a field that has traditionally been dominated by straight white men.

According to Katelyn, objective science would be made better by subjective variety:

“If people can bring different perspectives to the table, then we’re doing a better job of counteracting biases, and that results in much more robust science. That’s really what led me to want to sustain this line of research looking at how to create more inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ people.”

The sciences are enjoying a heavy injection of LGBT-laced adjustment as of late. Particularly, in the afternoon of America, it’s “T” time:

University Renames Its Women’s Clinic Because ‘Women’ Was Medically Inaccurate

Breastfeeding Academy Bails on ‘Breasts’

NYU Nursing School Launches Course on How to Care for LGBT Folx

Hospitals Are Starting to Ask Men if They’re Pregnant

Social justice in general is getting a scientific salute:

Major University Professor Fights Math’s ‘Harbor for Whiteness’


Academics Attack the ‘Whiteness in Introductory Physics’

Science Journal Decries Racism in Geology, Claims Black People Are Too Scared to Hold Hammers

The Science Is Settled: Whiteboards Are Racist, at Least in Physics

In the end, will it matter if a biologist is a lesbian? If my understanding of science is correct, possibly not.

But America appears ever more hesitant to take such a chance.

NBC’s coverage of Katelyn is part of a larger endeavor amid June inclusion. The outlet introduced the article thusly:

In honor of Pride Month, NBC Out is highlighting and celebrating a new generation of LGBTQ trailblazers, creators and newsmakers. Visit our full #Pride30 list here.

Other leaders on the list:

  • First Gay Man on Playboy’s Cover
  • First Transgender NCAA Champion
  • Illustrator of Queer Latinx Life
  • Two-spirit Indigenous Dancer
  • Indigenous Scholar and Advocate
  • Multi-Hypenate Entertainer
  • Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Activist
  • Trans Athlete Suing Tennessee

It’s an inclusive world, indeed.

Back to Katelyn, she and fellow researchers have “produced several major studies investigating the challenges of being an LGBTQ student or educator in a biology classroom.” And now, they’re developing “recommendations for how educators can make their biology classrooms more inclusive.”


Surely it’s only a matter of time before those suggestions are #included.



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