Among the speakers at the March for Science on Saturday was a transgender man.
Kellan Baker, a senior fellow with the LGBT research and communications project at American Progress, said it’s important for researchers to remember that the data they collect tell stories.
“We all have a story. Mine is that I’m a public health geek and a policy wonk. I’m also a queer transgender man,” Mr. Baker said, drawing applause.
The diversity statement of the March for Science says “people who care about science are an intersectional group, embodying a diverse range of races, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, religions, ages, socioeconomic and immigration statuses.”
“We, the march organizers, represent and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented scientists and science advocates,” the statement reads.
One of the march’s partners is the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Mr. Baker said “science is not neutral” on political questions.
“Advocacy is not a dirty word,” he said. “Science is objective, but science is not neutral. The poet Dante wrote that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in moral crisis. We cannot pretend we are above the fray.”