Spectrum is an employee resource group (ERG) dedicated to building awareness and providing resources for those in the laboratory community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, or allies to their LGBTQIA+ peers. Spectrum also recognizes and encourages the incredible diversity of gender identities and sexual orientations, including those which may not be accurately portrayed in some of these terms. Spectrum is dedicated to fostering an environment of understanding, acceptance, and equality for all within the laboratory community.
Spectrum’s mission is to:
- Provide leadership and resources at Argonne to promote equity at all levels
- Advise the laboratory on employee issues
- Advance LGBTQIA+ friendly policies and benefits
- Provide employees with cultural awareness, educational and networking opportunities
- Promote a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment
- Participate in outreach and talent recruitment activities
Participation is open to all employees and retirees of Argonne National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, The University of Chicago, and Argonne Credit Union and all persons associated with or assigned to the work of the laboratory. Final determination of eligibility rests with the committee.
November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. We encourage everyone to observe this remembrance by taking a moment of silence on November 20 to honor all those transgender people whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence this year, and by learning about the violence and issues that affect the transgender community and how to be a good ally.
We also recommend reviewing HRC Foundation’s “Dismantling a Culture of Violence” report which “demonstrates how anti-transgender stigma, denial of opportunity and increased risk factors compound to create a culture of violence — and provides clear ways that each of us can directly make an impact to make our society a safer place for transgender and gender non-conforming people.”
Spectrum honors the memories of those that have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence in 2021 including:
Please join us for the March Spectrum meeting Thursday, March 12th!
Location: Building 241 room C201
Time: Noon to 1pm
Spectrum meetings are open to all involved in the work of the laboratory. We are an inclusive community made up of people of all orientations and gender identities. Allies are always welcome! Meetings happen every second Thursday of the month at the same time and location.