Changes, One Library at a Time

What do you do if clients are required to put a gender on the form to get permission to check out books at a library? This was the question from Mary Gen Davis from Ames (IA) Public Library on the GLBTRT e-list a few weeks ago. Following many comments, Davies wrote to thank people for the “very thoughtful comments on this thread.” She reported, “I’m extremely pleased to announce that we can now include Ames (IA) Public Library on the list of libraries that do not require gender on any forms! Here’s to changing library land, one struggle at a time.” This e-list is an excellent place to present library issues for discussion.

Amnesty International USA’s annual human rights conference in Chicago is hosting a panel on LGBT rights: “LGBT Rights are Human Rights: Getting to Know the Movement.” Guests at the session are Andre Banks (All Out) and Clare Byarugaba (ABH Coalition, Uganda). It is Sunday, April 6, 11:15 am-12:30 pm at the JW Marriott (151 W. Adams St., Chicago). More information about the panel and the conference is available from Elaine Monaghan,, 202.776.7700, c: 202.805.3463.


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