Libraries must actively affirm and support the safety and rights of transgender people (ALA Rainbow Roundtable). We do this though the creation and maintenance of safe and welcoming spaces, collections, and programs. In today’s world, the rights and protections of members of the transgender community are threatened by anti-trans legislation, and trans community members continue to face high rates of violence. How can libraries of all types provide a trans-inclusive respite both trans community members, and members of their own staff?
At a glance
By the end of class, participants will be able to:
- Use trans-inclusive language.
- Improve internal- and external-facing policies and practices.
- Create and promote more trans-inclusive programs, instruction sessions, and collections.
- Build capacity through partnerships with trans-supportive organizations and community members.
Ray Lockman (they/them) is a coach, consultant, and educator. They have served as co-chair of the Hennepin County Trans and Gender Nonconforming Employee Resource Group and as a member of the City of Minneapolis Transgender Equity Council.