Censorship of 2SLGBTQ+ Matertils: A Call to Action for LIS

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  • This presentation responds to the increasing trend wherein library materials which feature 2SLGBTQ+ people and their experiences are disproportionately challenged, censored, or subject to harassment. By giving library workers information on cisheterosexism, and stressing the health and information needs of their users, it is our hope that more libraries will advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ people instead of maintaining silence under the guise of neutrality. In our presentation, we would like to outline some of the main points of the paper in the forthcoming Contemporary Issues in Collection Management, including the historical background necessary for understanding how 2SLGBTQ+ materials have been censored by authorities and the relationship between intellectual freedom discourse and hate speech. We also wish to stress the importance of challenging passive or neutral stances in libraries when it comes to homophobic and transphobic violence, and what is at stake for a library’s 2SLGBTQ+ populations when their needs are ignored.

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