In light of recent attacks on the rights of LGTBQIA+ individuals and an increasingly toxic political environment, it’s doubtful that these concerted efforts to censor the speech of others will fade away anytime soon. Furthermore, librarians and their professional commitment to creating learning environments free from censorship almost certainly guarantees that they will face further challenges. Thus, the intention behind this list, even if it’s not entirely successful in communicating the breadth of ALA resources, is to provide a starting point for further exploration of intellectual freedom and the ways in which we, as librarians, can better advocate not only ourselves, but our communities as well.
By guest contributor E. F. Schraeder. These are risks and possibilities when a librarian opts to honor PRIDE month or recognize LGBTQ authors and readers throughout the year in other ways. Each June almost like clockwork, it seems some library or other is on the receiving end of public noise: shame or praise, for hosting or cancelling an event with LGBTQ community members in mind.
Youth need a space where they feel accepted, and the library can be that space.
By: guest blogger Larry Weidman. A local Temple, TX resident speaks out at the library board meeting to discuss the controversial Pride Month display: “As frequent visitor and contributor to the library, frankly, the ‘controversy’ infuriated me.”
Sometimes the inclusion of specific titles in those displays or the themes of the displays themselves can become points of controversy in our libraries.