ALA Annual 2019 GLBT RT Call for Panelists

The GLBT Round Table is looking for presenters for a panel at ALA  Annual 2019 titled “Intersectionality and the Experience of LGBTQ+ Library Folks.” Are you part of the LGBTQIA/queer community? Do you hold multiple intersecting identities? We would love to hear from you! Please send a short statement (2 paragraphs) to Cynthia Ledbetter (cledbetter@auburnalabama.org) describing yourself, place of study or work, and what you can bring to the panel. We will choose four panelists to present at ALA Annual. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS Friday, November 2, 2018.

Program Description:
“Intersectionality and the Experience of LGBTQ+ Folks” LGBTQ+ folks in the library world face a range of issues that often overlap with other forms of oppression, including gender, race, ethnicity, ability, economic status and education level. Queer library folks with multiple identities often struggle to find acceptance and belonging, feeling excluded and invisible within an already marginalized community. This panel explores intersectionality and the ways that multiple forms of oppression are interconnected. Panelists discuss how each of their lived experiences is different. Attendees will leave with strategies for building respect for difference, creating open and accepting spaces for LGBTQ+ staff and library users, and increasing acceptance of people with complex identities.
Co-sponsored by: the American Library Association’s Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).