For immediate release | November 1, 2018

ALA, GLBTRT continue to voice support of LGBTQ civil liberties

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following joint statement in response to proposals to rescind Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) federal civil rights protections. Currently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department have undertaken initiatives that would abolish federal recognition of approximately 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and deny the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Citizens.

“We are deeply concerned that the current proposals by the administration to narrow the definition of ‘sex’ under Title IX and exclude Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender citizens from the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The proposed regulatory and policy changes are in direct conflict with ALA’s fundamental values, principles, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

“Never before has there been such a dire need to quash bigotry and hatred. The ALA and GLBTRT work to support library professionals as they diligently promote mutual respect and understanding from the front lines. Libraries strive to serve as institutions that mirror all facets of our society. Our goals are to empower our members to serve all communities regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or class, with tools that foster education and lifelong learning.

“We oppose government measures that marginalize populations and deny individuals' civil rights and the full protection of the law. We will not support government actions that will harm ALA members and the 1.4 million Americans who identify with a gender other than their birth sex. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ members, colleagues, families, friends, community members, and students, and we fully support efforts to fight for acceptance, and understanding of all members of society.”

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Macey Morales

Deputy Director

Communications and Marketing Office