Services to LGBTQ+ Patrons

Information Resources 

Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender -- a database free to everyone in Alberta through the Alberta Research Portal.

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives -- they collect and maintain information related to LGBTQ2+ life in Canada.

Creating Authentic Spaces: A Toolkit -- a toolkit from The 519 to support implementing institutional and social change.

Every Class in Every School -- a report from Egale Canada Human Rights Trust evaluating homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in Canadian schools.

GLAAD Glossary of Terms -- glossary of terms with explanations, terms to avoid, and information on defamatory language.

GSA Advisor Handbook -- compiled by the National Association of GSA on how to make a safe spaces.

GSA Network -- a website dedicated to organize and mobilize LGBTQ and allies to make safer and healthier schools and communities.

Human Rights Campaign Glossary of Terms -- glossary of terms with explanations.

It Gets Better -- thousands of videos with messages of hope for LGBT youth.

LGBT Rights: Climbing the Judicial Steps to Equality -- paper by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre which includes a history of LGBT rights in Alberta. 

Northreach Society -- provides education to community groups, schools, agency staff, organizations and businesses with a focus on: HIV; Viral Hepatitis; Sexual Health/ STIs; Contraception; Harm Reduction; Sex Trade; Gender and Sexual Diversity; Street Drugs; and Naloxone and Overdose Awareness.

Open to All: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library -- toolkit from the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. 

PFLAG Canada -- Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Youthsafe.net -- provides links to information and resources, in Alberta, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people and allies. The website is focused on services for youth and young adults.

Sample Policies

Selected ALA Policies for Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Collection Development 

Building and Maintaining LGBTQ+ Picture Book Collections Toolkit

Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) -- identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.

LGBTQ Reads -- A site dedicated to promoting curated LGBTQIAP+ literature for all ages.

Over the Rainbow Book Lists -- annual bibliographies of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content for adult patrons compiled by the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Rainbow Book Lists -- annual bibliographies of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content for youth patrons compiled by the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. 

Stonewall Book Awards -- the first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Ten titles for a Basic Non-Fiction GLBT Collection

Recent Books with LGBTQ+ Representation

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