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17 November: Raising the flag for LGBTQ+ STEM day

Join us on Friday 17 November at 1 p.m. on the Esplanade des Particules as we raise the LGBTQ+ flag

LGBTQ+ flag courtesy of Nikki/Wikimedia Commons

On 17 November, CERN will raise the LGBTQ+ flag designed by Valentino Vecchietti in 2021. This version, known as the Progress Pride flag, overlays the familiar rainbow with a purple circle representing the intersex community and coloured arrows to represent transgender people and LGBTQ+ people of colour. The arrows point to the right to indicate progress. (Image: Nikki/Wikimedia Commons)

The CERN community is warmly invited to participate in raising the LGBTQ+ flag on the occasion of LGBTQ+ STEM Day. Please join us on Friday 17 November at 1 p.m. on the CERN Esplanade des Particules to celebrate this historic moment for diversity and inclusion (D&I) at CERN, more information on Indico.

By approving the D&I Programme’s proposal to raise the flag, the Directorate acknowledges the valuable contribution of the LGBTQ+ community in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This decision also reinforces CERN’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in STEM and underlines the Organization’s message that science is for everyone.

In solidarity with other scientific organisations, scientific institutes, and public institutions, CERN raises the flag for LGBTQ+ STEM Day as a sign of respect, of community, and of recognition.