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NCRL stands with the American Library Association in affirming the rights of transgender people.

Here is part of ALA’s press release, published on June 23:

“The American Library Association (ALA), and particularly its Rainbow Round Table, unequivocally and emphatically stands in solidarity with its transgender staff and members, transgender library workers, transgender library users, transgender authors, and the transgender members of the communities we serve. As an organization committed to social justice, ALA seeks to support all transgender people, and in particular, those who are vulnerable or at risk of discrimination, including supporting the specific needs and perspectives of transgender people who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, transgender people in sex work, transgender migrants and asylum seekers, intersex people (who may or may not identify as trans), transgender children and youth, senior transgender people, and transgender people with disabilities.”

ALA celebrates the recent Supreme Court decision recognizing the workplace equality of all people and categorically rejects all statements and actions intended to invalidate, harm, erase, and oppress transgender people’s identities and lives.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are embedded within the work of ALA. Discrimination based on gender identity or expression is damaging to the health of children, families, and society. Libraries must actively affirm and support the safety and rights of transgender people.”

Click here for the full press release.

NCRL’s leadership team is committed to ongoing listening and learning about how NCRL can better serve as an ally and advocate for gender diverse people of all ages. Here are just a few of the ways we are actively seeking to advocate for transgender people:

  • Diversifying our collections to include and promote stories and resources by transgender people
  • Prioritizing inclusion of trans topics in our regular services and programs
  • Including the goal of creating safe spaces for transgender people in our facilities
  • Fostering an organizational culture of inclusion and advocacy through our new core competencies and ongoing staff training plans

Resources for more information

GLAAD’s Transgender Resources

The Trevor Project

Trans Lifeline

National Center for Transgender Equality

Transgender Law Center

Gender Proud

Gender Spectrum

Books for Young Children

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman, Hoopla

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, Overdrive

The Boy & the Bindi by Vivek Shraya, Hoopla

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert, Hoopla

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, Hoopla

It Feels Good to be Yourself by Theresa Thorn, Overdrive

Middle Grade Books

Rick by Alex Gino, Hoopla (audio)

George by Alex Gino, Overdrive

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke, Hoopla

The Other Boy by M. G. Hennessey, Hoopla

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, Hoopla

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, Hoopla

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar, Overdrive

Young Adult Books

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, Overdrive

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith, Overdrive

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills, Hoopla

Dreadnought (The Nemesis series) by April Daniels, Hoopla

This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson, Hoopla , Overdrive

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, Hoopla

The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell, Hoopla

Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger, Hoopla

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver, Hoopla & Overdrive

Books for Adults

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, Hoopla (audio)

Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote, Hoopla

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page McBee, Hoopla

Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary by Joshua M. Ferguson, Hoopla

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel, Overdrive

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson, Hoopla

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian, Hoopla

Erik the Pink by Matthew J. Mertzger, Hoopla

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, Hoopla

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Overdrive

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