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10-12-2022 11:00 AM

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10-12-2022 11:45 AM

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The last several years have seen community backlash against LGBTQ+-centered events, displays, and literature in libraries. This precedent can make it intimidating to introduce LGBTQ+ programming, especially in towns with conservative populations. However, there are methods that can help organizations find support and get residents comfortable with LGBTQ+ programming. The Brookings Public Library in Brookings, SD began the process of integrating LGBTQ+-centered events into their programming by bringing their community to the forefront.

In 2021, Brookings residents were invited to learn, speak, and be involved in LGBTQ+ issues at the BPL’s “Building Inclusive Spaces with our LGBTQ+ Community” panel discussion, which featured LGBTQ+ community leaders, local advocates, and allies. By providing educational resources and queer perspectives, this panel brought residents together to work towards the common goals of educating themselves and collaborating with their queer neighbors to promote inclusivity in their city and state.

This presentation will outline examples and impacts of the programs introduced by the Brookings Public Library to serve as a framework for participants interested in implementing LGBTQ+ programming at their own organizations. It will cover methods of easing LGBTQ+ programming into a reluctant community, such as pursuing local partnerships, tailoring programs to community needs, and mitigating the potential for conflict and harm. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of further program ideas and an overview of important resources to turn to when planning LGBTQ+-centered events.

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Oct 12th, 11:00 AM Oct 12th, 11:45 AM

Small steps, big impact: How one library introduced LGBTQ+ programming in a small conservative community

Log in here to attend this presentation: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/93466962336

The last several years have seen community backlash against LGBTQ+-centered events, displays, and literature in libraries. This precedent can make it intimidating to introduce LGBTQ+ programming, especially in towns with conservative populations. However, there are methods that can help organizations find support and get residents comfortable with LGBTQ+ programming. The Brookings Public Library in Brookings, SD began the process of integrating LGBTQ+-centered events into their programming by bringing their community to the forefront.

In 2021, Brookings residents were invited to learn, speak, and be involved in LGBTQ+ issues at the BPL’s “Building Inclusive Spaces with our LGBTQ+ Community” panel discussion, which featured LGBTQ+ community leaders, local advocates, and allies. By providing educational resources and queer perspectives, this panel brought residents together to work towards the common goals of educating themselves and collaborating with their queer neighbors to promote inclusivity in their city and state.

This presentation will outline examples and impacts of the programs introduced by the Brookings Public Library to serve as a framework for participants interested in implementing LGBTQ+ programming at their own organizations. It will cover methods of easing LGBTQ+ programming into a reluctant community, such as pursuing local partnerships, tailoring programs to community needs, and mitigating the potential for conflict and harm. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of further program ideas and an overview of important resources to turn to when planning LGBTQ+-centered events.