GLBTRT and GLSEN team up to promote libraries as safe spaces during Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Fri, 06/01/2012

Contact:

John Amundsen
Communications Specialist
Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)
1-800-545-2433 ext. 2140
jamundsen@ala.org

CHICAGO — The ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Roundtable (GLBTRT) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will join forces to explore the ways that libraries can create safe, respectful and healthful environments for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression at ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim.

During this one-hour session led by GLSEN Education Manager Jenny Betz, attendees will explore relevant school climate data, assess their own knowledge of LGBT history and themes, discuss ways to increase resource diversity and learn about research-based solutions to increasing academic performance and psychological well-being for LGBT students.

This session will be held twice in the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC): from 1:30 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 in room ACC201C; and from 1:30 - 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 in room ACC209B. The session is free to Annual Conference attendees, but space is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. Learn more about "Fabulous Havens: Libraries as Safe Spaces for the Needs of LGBT Youth." Attendees are requested to RSVP.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender professional library community, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender information and access needs of individuals at large. GLBTRT is committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.