Statement from ALA President, Julie Todaro
“The Trump administration’s decision to revoke important protections for transgender students couldn’t conflict more with the library community’s fundamental values and the principles upon which libraries are founded. Transgender students deserve the right to use restroom facilities that are aligned with their gender identity. On average students spend 6-7 hours per day at school, and every student deserves to learn in an environment free from discrimination. We believe this federal policy must be reinstated because it ensures that all students are treated fairly nationwide.
“ALA, its members, all librarians and library professionals are committed to diversity, inclusiveness, and mutual respect for all human beings, and we will work tirelessly to ensure full representation of all members of society.
“ALA provides gender neutral restrooms at our conferences, and we will not hold our large and economically impactful meetings in states where ‘bathroom bills’ have been passed. Our Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) division canceled one such program in North Carolina last year.
“We stand with our transgender members, colleagues, families and friends, and we fully support the work of our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), whose members continue to lead the fight to abolish intolerance for all of society.
“ALA will work closely with all of its partners for reinstatement of these protections as soon as possible.”
Bathroom Bill Resources
- Why Gender Neutral Restrooms are Necessary and NOT an Accommodation
- Debunking the "Bathroom Bill Myth: Accurate Reporting on Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists from GLAAD
- "Trump's transgender move puts spotlight on Supreme Court case," by Lawrence Hurley. Reuters, February 24, 2017.
- Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.
- "Bathroom Bill" Legislative Tracking from the National Conference of State Legislatures
- Safe2pee: A Discussion about Public Restrooms
- Peeing in Peace: A Resource Guide for Transgender Activists and Allies
- Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL): Developing Best Practices for Serving Transgender Patrons at Academic Library Service Points
- Rainbow Round Table Professional Tools
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): 2016 Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Books for Teens
- ACLU: Library LGBT Youth & Schools Resources and Links
- Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (University of Minnesota)
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Oak Park Public Library Transgender Resource Collection
- Queer Indigenous and People of Color: Changing the Face and Focus of the LGBTQ Movement (Video and Resource page, University of Minnesota)
- Trans Awareness Project
- Transgender Law Center
- Transgender Law and Policy Institute
- Transgender Oral History Project (University of Minnesota)
News & Articles
- "KU Libraries offering buttons for employees, visitors to display preferred gender pronouns," by Sara Shepherd. Lawrence Journal World, December 27, 2016.
- "Supporting Transgender Individuals in Libraries: Developiong Responsive Policies," by Alejandro Marquez. Journal of Creative Library Practice, June 19, 2014.
- "Safe and Inclusive Classrooms: Transgender Students Describe Ideal Learning Environments," by Alexa L. Pearce. Insights on Library Instruction, December 15, 2015.