[Libs-Or] Fwd: [ALCTScentral] ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for our nation’s transgender students

Erica FINDLEY ericaf at multcolib.org
Fri Feb 24 08:08:58 PST 2017

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Subject: [ALCTScentral] ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for
our nation’s transgender students
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For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/24/2017

Macey Morales

Deputy Director

Public Awareness Office

mmorales at ala.org

CHICAGO  – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro
released the following statement strongly protesting the rollback of
protections for transgender students in our nation’s public schools.

“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

“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

“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.”

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library
association in the world, with more than 57,000 members in academic,
public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the
American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development,
promotion and improvement of library and information services and the
profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access
to information for all.
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