Action Alert! Support Trans Inclusion at Seattle Public Libraries!

What: In response to community concerns staff at the Seattle Public Libraries have proposed a new library restroom policy to give trans and gender nonconforming folks greater access to restrooms that match their gender identity. You can find the proposed policy here: http://bit.ly/2rKLXCq. Before adopting this new policy the Library Board is hosting a public hearing this evening, May 15th

When & Where: Tonight, May 15th at 5:00pm at the Seattle Central Public Library in Downtown Seattle, Level 4, Room 1

How to you can help:

  1. Attend tonight’s public hearing on the draft policy
  2. Email library.board@spl.org to say you would like the library to move forward with the changes. Feel free to use the email templates down below!
  3. Call 206-386-4636 to leave your feedback supporting the restroom policy change

Email template for trans and gender nonconforming folks to share: 
Email: library.board@spl.org
Subject: I support the proposed new Library restroom policy!
Email Template:
Hello,

My name is ________________. I’m a trans Seattleite and I’m writing in support of the library’s new restroom policy that’s outlined here. I am so appreciative of library staff who worked with transgender and non-binary folks in our communities to build a policy that will ensure that trans Seattleites have equitable access to Seattle Library restrooms. When I go to a Seattle Library I don’t want to have to worry about what restrooms I’ll have access to or whether or not I’ll have to out my staff to library staff to use a restroom that matches my gender identity. Libraries are such a vital resource for our communities and it’s critical that everyone in our communities have access to Library restrooms that are safe and affirming of our gender identities. Please move forward in accepting and implementing this important policy change.

Thank you again for your hard work in crafting this needed policy update!

Sincerely,
____________


Email template for friends, family and allies to send in: 
Email: library.board@spl.org
Subject: I support the proposed new Library restroom policy!
Email Template:
Hello,

My name is ________________. I’m writing in support of the library’s new restroom policy that’s outlined here. I am so appreciative of library staff who worked with transgender and non-binary folks in our communities to build a policy that will ensure that trans Seattleites have equitable access to Seattle Library restrooms. Libraries are such a vital resource for our communities and it’s critical that our transgender and gender nonconforming friends, families and neighbors have access to Library restrooms that are safe and affirming of their gender identities. Please move forward in accepting and implementing this important policy change.

Thank you again for your hard work in crafting this needed policy update!

Sincerely,
____________