The American Library Association (ALA) reaffirms its unwavering commitment to upholding the values of equity and inclusivity within libraries nationwide. In response to recent concerns surrounding discriminatory practices faced by LGBTQIA+ library workers, the ALA stands united in support of these dedicated professionals, advocating for a workplace free from prejudice and discrimination.
Discrimination against library workers based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression violates their fundamental rights and contradicts the core principles of inclusivity and intellectual freedom that libraries cherish. LGBTQIA+ library workers play a vital role in promoting diverse perspectives and ensuring equitable access to information for all users. The ALA vehemently condemns any form of discrimination against these valued members of the library workforce.
Recognizing the urgency to address and combat discriminatory practices targeting library workers within the LGBTQIA+ community, the ALA is taking proactive steps to support and protect LGBTQIA+ library workers:
1. Establishing a Task Force: The ALA has created a task force composed of experts and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing and tracking retaliatory employment cases against LGBTQIA+ library workers.
2. Developing a Supportive Communications Plan: The task force will work to formulate a communications plan that highlights the resources and support available from the ALA, specifically tailored to the needs of the LGBTQIA+ library worker community.
Libraries are essential spaces for all people to safely explore and access information about the world around them. It is crucial to create safe work environments for LGBTQIA+ library workers, where they can continue their invaluable work in facilitating learning, discovery, and understanding for library users.
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