The big talking point around here is ‘Libraries Are For Everyone.’ Sometimes in pursuing this end, we end up with some unhappy folks no matter what. After all, the old adage tells us that ‘you can’t please everyone’ or something to that effect, so pleasing anyone in general can have some pretty bogus consequences.
Hamilton is a melting pot, and while we can’t create policies around every individual and their identities and beliefs, we can reach out to those who have felt alienated or ostracized by some other aspect of our society. To clarify, I’m talking about sexual identity and orientation. On the one hand, as a cisgender heterosexual male, this doesn’t seem like “my” fight, but on the other hand, I run a building focused on inclusion and have 350 words to fill every week in this here column, so this was going to come up eventually.
You may have seen the rainbow flag on our Facebook profile during Pride Month or noticed a sign for a LGBTQIA Youth Group that meets here every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. To certain people, this may seem like we’re promoting a homosexual agenda. Really, all we’re promoting is inclusiveness to a marginalized group that just wants to express themselves in a peaceful manner.
We just want to make sure we treat everyone with the respect they deserve. Nothing new here, just business as usual making this a welcoming place for all. If I had more words, I would explain how our staff has been discussing ‘they/them’ pronouns. If you would like to identify as a certain pronoun, please let a staff member know to make a note on your account. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I can recommend a short graphic novel on the subject that, incidentally, every staff member was recently required to read for customer service reasons!