The Out4STEM program aims to provide Philadelphia’s LGBTQ youth (ages 16-24) with STEM-centered mentorship, academic support and career advice in an inclusive, safe space. Drawing on the resources of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum, the program aims to promote resilience, peer support networks, and diverse educational experiences.
Out4STEM is a collaborative program between The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Educational Justice Coalition, and the University of Pennsylvania’s LGBTPM+.
For the past two years the Out4STEM program has hosted a Masquerade event around the time of Halloween. We start the event with a discussion of Dr H Anonymous who said “I’m a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist” to a convention of the American Psychiatric Association in 1972. He had to wear a mask and a wig to discuss himself or he would have been fired from his job at Temple University. Homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness at that time. 22 years later Dr John E Fryer revealed that he was Dr H Anonymous.
Out4STEM honors this piece of LGBT history with a mask-decorating session where participants decorate a mask with what they show on the outside and what they hide written on the inside. This forms the basis of a discussion on individual identity and the perceptions of others.
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October 18, 2016, 5-7pm – Boos and Brains, a Pre-Halloween event. The biology of sexual orientation (nature vs. nurture), dissection and DNA extraction.
November 15, 2016, 5-7pm – Mental Health and Wellness event.
December 3, 2016, 10-4pm – World AIDS Day is December 1st. Join us on December 3rd for a day of World AIDS Day events. FREE museum admission with a 60-second HIV test as well as other fun activities.
December 20, 2016, 5-7pm – Out4STEM Holiday Party.