Conor McKeever


I’m gay and I’m a science communicator. //

My job is to take scientific papers and turn them into news stories or features for a non-scientific audience. Although I no longer work directly in STEM, having visible LGBT+ role models during my chemistry degree really helped me grow in confidence as a newly out 21 year old. I spent my master’s year in a diverse and welcoming lab, and got to work with a range of successful LGBT+ scientists—from PhD students to team leaders. Because of them, I could see that being gay was not a barrier to having a career in science, and that everyone is happier when they can be themselves! Now I’m helping to set up an LGBT+ network at work so that other people can have the same experience—as well as have a place to turn to for support if they need it.