A viral Twitter hashtag is increasing the visibility of the bi community in the sciences.
Isabel Ott, a 21-year-old virologist at the University of Georgia in Athens, launched #BiInSci last week “to increase visibility for bisexual members of the #LGBTQinSTEM community.”
Hi everyone! I'm a bisexual virologist who studies mosquito-borne virus evolution. I'm starting the hashtag #BiInSci to increase visibility for bisexual members of the #LGBTQinSTEM community. Feel free to join in! pic.twitter.com/IvuJpJxweg
— Isabel Ott (@DiagnosticChick) April 17, 2018
Since April 17, her original tweet has sparked more than 700 retweets, 2,700 likes, and dozens of replies from other bisexual scientists around the world.
— Big Rich (@champagnehomeh) April 18, 2018
— Hannah A. Brazeau (@moietymouse) April 18, 2018
I specialize in animal behavior, both in C. elegans and mice, and I’m using genetics to understand diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS. I also sometimes get to wear a purple flower crown when I’m working with my ladies @Sea500WomenSci ! pic.twitter.com/5G2U9gHo1Z
— Jeanna Wheeler (@MouseWormHybrid) April 18, 2018
— Zeke Elkins (@zeke_elkins) April 18, 2018
The Doctor* is in!!
— Dr. Abbie (@abigailStev) April 19, 2018
— Jessica L Ware Lab (@JessicaLWareLab) April 18, 2018
— Rachel HeyGirlField (@Heygirlfield) April 19, 2018
She hopes #BiInSci fosters community, she told the Press Association: “So often… bisexuality can feel isolating—we’re seen as not really belonging to the straight or gay communities, and we constantly have to defend the fundamental validity of our existence.”
Ott praised the courage of earlier out bisexuals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, whose openness allowed her and others to feel comfortable coming out.
Hello everyone. I'm a botanist, forest ecologist, and the Hocking Valley's #1 field work glamor model. Always having lots of thoughts about heteronomativity and visibility, maybe I'll share sometime. #BiInSci pic.twitter.com/NkjsKVtQj2
— MH Andrews Holmes (@skunkcabbages) April 18, 2018
Hi there! I'm Robin and #BiInSci. I'm a PhD candidate studying the shape and development of muddy tropical coastlines and I'm super excited to expand my #LGBTQ and #science community! pic.twitter.com/myVgF0REAZ
— Robin McLachlan (@RobinMcLachlan) April 18, 2018
I'm a science tv presenter. #BiInSci til I die. Even though I'll probably be coming out repeatedly til I die too haha. Keep up the good work everyone! An inclusive science community is the best science community! pic.twitter.com/xreOfamtJH
— Lee Constable (@Constababble) April 18, 2018
I’m an isotope geochemist and also #BiInSci. It’s been my mission to promote visibility of bi folx in the middle of the spectrum for years, because we face the same troubles as the rest of #LGBTQinSTEM, except no one believes we’re real. But we are real humans of all types. pic.twitter.com/DQ9uVTlEoO
— Kendra Chritz (@kl13c) April 18, 2018