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When asked to name a female scientist who springs to mind?

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As a lesbian scientist born, raised and living in Australia I wish to learn more about the stories and lives of other lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgendered women in the field of science of Australia.

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How many female scientists that identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer or transgendered in Australia. I am one. One of my fellow lab members when I was a postgrad research student, and a good friend was out and proud along with her girlfriend who was also a medical researcher. There was also another researcher in the same school was an out and proud lesbian. I would like to the figures and know their stories.

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As a former medical/health researcher with strong beliefs around social justice, funding for research and the ability of all humans whether rich or poor to receive vaccines and drugs, I thought it was excellent the increased funding and donation of millions to vaccine research. I admire philanthropists and think they do a great serve to society. It is almost an obligation and a way to give to society and the less fortunate. And it is an important assistance that richer countries and corporations can provide to poorer countries and individuals.

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What would the ideal Lesbian role models look like? They would be diverse to reflect the diversity of lesbian women. They would have to encompass bisexual, queer and transgendered woman. Also the different identities some lesbian/bi/queer women identify with such as femme, butch, lipstick etc

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Kay Scarpetta from the Patricia Cornwell series of crime novels, also a Forensic Pathologist, was a role model and an inspiration to me while growing up. She two was a smart, tough lady.

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Sam Ryan (played by Amanda Burton), a Forensic Pathologist in the BBC Drama Silent Witness was another role model of mine while growing up. She was a gutsy, determined, smart Northern Irish lady. Shame she left the show

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