As professionals in astronomy and astrophysics, whether we are students, faculty, staff, librarians or are working in other positions, we all like to believe that our work environment is determined only by our capabilities as students and researchers, and that it is free from personal bias. A productive professional atmosphere depends on open and accepting interactions of individuals free from discrimination and harassment.
As openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other gender/sexual minority (LGBTQIA+) members of the astronomical community, we strongly believe that there is no place for discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference or gender identity/expression. We want to actively maintain and promote a safe, accepting and supportive environment in all our work places. We invite other LGBTQIA+ members of the astronomical community to join us in being visible and to reach out to those who still feel that it is not yet safe for them to be public.
As experts, TAs, instructors, professors and technical staff, we serve as professional role models every day. Let us also become positive examples of members of the LGBTQIA+ community at large.
We also invite everyone in our community, regardless how you identify yourself, to become an ally and make visible your acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people. We urge you to make visible (and audible) your objections to derogatory comments and "jokes" about LGBTQIA+ people.
In the light of the above statements, we, your fellow students, alumni/ae, faculty, coworkers, and friends, sign this message.
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