This topic stems from iNaturalist Pride Month 2021 blog post, and is a place for LGBTQIA+ members of the iNaturalist community and their allies to share and discuss their experiences on iNat or in the broader naturalist/STEM community.
It can be difficult to share these stories, positive or negative. And in some places, it is not safe to share this part of your identity, so nobody should feel any pressure to share if they do not want to. Please don’t try to guess peoples’ identities or “out” those who may be out in other fora; coming out is an extremely personal choice for the individual. In all cases, be respectful to every person here, whether LGBTQIA+, or ally.