Intellectual Freedom for All: Safeguard Against Censorship of GLBT Books

GLBT Book MonthNOTE: This past webinar has now been archived. The recording can be viewed on youtube or below for free.

Celebrate GLBT Book Month this June by attending a webinar featuring Gayle E. Pitman, author of This Day in June. This Day in June, which won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, is one of the many GLBT books that are challenged and banned in schools and libraries. Censorship of GLBT materials is happening at libraries in every state and is often initiated by librarians themselves. We'll discuss the significance of GLBT Book Month for librarians and many of the resources GLBT-RT has created to support diverse collections and services, including the new GLBT-RT Tool Kit "Open to All: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library." We’ll also have a conversation about  how to protect  and defend diverse books and patrons.

This archived webinar was originally presented June 15, 2016
Running time: 67 minutes

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the GLBT-RT tool kit, "Open to All: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library"
  • Learn tips and techniques for advocating for and defending GLBT materials
  • Gain a greater understanding of the terminology and mindset of challenges to GLBT materials
  • Listen to first hand stories; an award winning author's perspective of a library challenge, a librarian defending GLBT materials in Texas, and a parent who requests GLBT materials for herself and her family at her local library. 

Who Should Attend

  • Librarians; youth, public, K-12 school
  • Administration: directors, systems, superintendents, principals
  • Library Boards and School Boards
  • Organizations concerned with the First Amendment and Intellectual Freedom
  • State Library Associations and Intellectual Freedom Committee members


Gayle Pitman

By day, Gayle E. Pitman teaches Psychology and coordinates the Women/Gender Studies program at Sacramento City College. She developed and currently teaches a course on the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity, which is the only class of its kind to be offered within the California Community College system. She views education as a platform for social justice, and brings a strong value of equity and intersectionality to all aspects of the educational system. By night, Gayle writes children's books and engages in other forms of subversive creativity. Her debut picture book, This Day in June, won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, was a Rainbow List Top Ten pick, and won the IRA's 2014 Notable Books for a Global Society Award. A frequent speaker at K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and professional conferences on topics related to gender and sexual orientation, she has been featured in publications ranging from School Library Journal to The Advocate. You can find and connect with her at @GaylePitman on Twitter. 

Peter Coyl

Peter D. Coyl is District Manager of the Dallas Public Library's J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. He has worked in public libraries for over 15 years and has served on a Library Board and been a school librarian. Peter is currently Chair of ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table and serves on the Texas Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee. He served as Chair of the Stonewall Book Awards committee in 2013. Peter is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Texas Library Association and the Freedom to Read Foundation. He earned his MLIS degree (with a concentration in youth services) from Drexel University and was named to their 40 Under 40 list in 2016.  You can find and connect with him at @petercoyl on Twitter.

Susan Kornemann

Susan E. Kornemann is an interior designer and mother of two children in Wisconsin. Her youngest is a trans-gender boy. For 50 years, she has been a public library user and vocal supporter of its role in the community. Most of her life experiences focus on advocacy for children and minority humans who are treated poorly.





How to Register

Tech Requirements

You'll need stable internet connection and working headphones/speakers.


For questions, please contact Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom at or 312-280-4221.

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