Sunday, October 21, 2012

LGBT History Month: Ben Barres

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Ben Barres M.D., Ph.D. is a neurobiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is also Chair of the Neurobiology department.  He has a biology degree from Massachusetts's Institutes of Technology, a medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and a doctorate from Harvard University in neurobiology.  He did his neurology residency training at Weill Cornell.

In 1997 he transitioned from a female to a male and has addressed the differences between woman and men in the scientific community.  He wrote about his personal experiences as both a female scientist and as a male scientist.

Also this month:

~ October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.

~ October 10th was Unity Day; wear orange to show your support and remind others about the importance of bullying prevention.

~ October 11th was National Coming Out Day when we celebrate coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or as an ally. See the Human Rights Campaign website for resources on coming out.

~ October 19th is Spirit Day; wear purple on this day to support LGBT youth & stand up against bullying.

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