LGBTQ+ Community

Mission: Spectrum is a lab resource group dedicated to building awareness and providing resources for the LGBTQ+ community to foster an environment of understanding, acceptance, and equality for all within the laboratory community.

Vision: The group will focus on promoting equity at all levels, advancing LGBTQ+ friendly policies and benefits, promoting an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment, and participating in outreach activities.

We welcome everyone who is interested in seeing our lab community grow stronger, safer, and more open. Spectrum is an inclusive community made up of people of all orientations with allies especially welcome; out or not, Spectrum needs you!

Fermilab’s Spectrum is modeled after and will closely cooperate with Argonne National Laboratory’s Spectrum organization, formed in 2015. The two groups will hold joint events and trainings, but will remain separate entities. Participation in this lab-wide resource group is open to all employees, users, and guests of Fermilab, the U.S. Department of Energy, The University of Chicago, Argonne Credit Union and all others associated with or assigned to work at our laboratory.

  • To join our Listserv, please send an email to listserv@fnal.gov with SUBSCRIBE SPECTRUM in the email body.

Celebrate Pride Month

Celebrate pride month with us! Although we are not together physically, we can still celebrate virtually. We are offering the following resources and suggestions to help you show your support to the community.

  1. Show your support through Zoom!
    Grab one of the backgrounds below and set your Zoom background to it
  2. Check out these resources!


News & Events

Past News & Events

Resources & Tools


General Resources

  • Lesbians Who Tech is a Community of Queer Women in or around tech (and the people who love them)
  • NOGLSTP | National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
  • Out Alliance | LGBTQ Education & SafeZone
  • oSTEM | Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Pride in STEM | A charitable trust for LGBT+ in Science, Engineering, Tech, and Maths
  • Point Foundation | The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

LGBTQ Youth Resources

  • PFLAG (Northern Il. Council) | Supports LGBTQ people, their families and friends through local PFLAG chapter help lines, support group meetings and locally and nationally produced resources
  • Youth Outlook | Local group focused on providing support, safe space and drop-in centers for LGBTQ teens in Naperville, Elgin, DeKalb, Ottawa, Sterling, and Palatine
  • Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth by State

Contact Erica Snider or Pete Cholewinski for more information.

Executive Sponsor: Steve Brice, PhD, Division Head, ND

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