Roll out the rainbow carpet for LGBTQ patrons

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/21/2015


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140

CHICAGO - Join the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) as it hosts a preconference highlighting library services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and queer/questioning community.  “Rolling out the Rainbow Carpet: Serving LGBTQ Communities” will be held from 8:30 a.m. - noon on Friday, June 26, 2015 during ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

There are many challenges LGBTQ patrons face when using the library, from navigating the information landscape to finding the relevant and credible resources they need, to concerns about privacy and trust. This half-day preconference will give librarians the tools they need to support and create a safe, meaningful and welcoming environment for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning patrons in their communities, campuses and schools.

Attendees will gain ideas and guidance from successful experts on the ground, network and connect with colleagues across institutions, organizations, and geographies, and leave inspired to initiate positive change in their institutions. Featured keynote speakers include Wick Thomas, 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and Marcus Ewert, 2010 Stonewall Honor author of “10,000 Dresses.”

Registration is $100 for ALA members, $125 for non-members. GLBTRT members, ALA Division members and students are eligible for a reduced registration fee of $75. 

To learn more and to register, please visit www.alaannual .org. Registration code: GLB1.


The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table 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.  The GLBTRT was founded in 1970 and is the world’s oldest professional organization for GLBT people.