LGBT Climate in Physics: Building an Inclusive Community

In response to our charge, the Ad-Hoc Committee on LGBT Issues (C-LGBT) reviewed the status of LGBT physicists to assess the barriers to full inclusion within the physics community. Input was obtained through focus groups held at American Physical Society (APS) meetings, a detailed climate survey, and a set of in-depth interviews with individuals who self-identify as LGBT. Committee members also reviewed aspects of law and policy that were deemed relevant, and drew on their own experiences and observations in building a community of support of LGBT physicists. Here we briefly summarize the findings and recommendations. These recommendations naturally fit with the broader goals of promoting participation within the physics enterprise by a diverse membership and ensuring equal opportunity. These are goals clearly expressed in the mission statement of APS, as well as its policy on equal professional opportunity.