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The Evelyn Hellen Library recognises the importance of a diverse collection in promoting an inclusive learning environment that reflects the values of our school community which align to the values and ethos of the College.
We will actively seek out materials that represent a variety of perspectives and cultures, including:
Materials that accurately portrays a range of religions, cultures, and ethnicities, including Jewish culture, but not limited to one culture.
Materials that address issues of race, gender, and sexuality in a respectful and age-appropriate manner
Materials that promote understanding and acceptance of diverse identities and experiences.
When selecting resources we follow the recommendations from peak bodies such as ALIA, SLAV and ASLA.
If this policy brings up issues for you please speak with Head of eLearning and Resources Innovation.
The research found that school library use among LGBTQ teens is low due to LGBTQ invisibility and fear experienced by young LGBTQ people. LGBTQ school library provision would be highly valued by most LGBTQ pupils. Librarians are generally positive about LGBTQ provision, although they respond differently to diversity. Some adopt a neutral approach to inclusion; others offer more targeted and active support.
Walker, J., & Bates, J. (2016). Developments in LGBTQ provision in secondary school library services since the abolition of Section 28. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 48(3), 269–283. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000614566340
Here is an explanation of the most commonly used LGBTQIA+ acronyms:
LGBTQIA+: This acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and the + symbol is used to represent all other identities that are not specifically included in the acronym.
Lesbian: A woman who is primarily attracted to other women.
Gay: A man who is primarily attracted to other men or a term that can be used to describe anyone who is attracted to the same gender.
Bisexual: A person who is attracted to people of their own gender and people of other genders.
Transgender: A person whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
Queer: A term that is often used as an umbrella term for anyone who is not heterosexual or cisgender. It can also be used as a self-identifier for people who feel that their sexuality or gender identity does not fit into traditional labels.
Intersex: A person who is born with physical sex characteristics (such as chromosomes, hormones, or reproductive organs) that are not typically male or female.
Asexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction to others.
There are also some other acronyms you may come across:
LGB: This acronym includes Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual, but not transgender or other identities.
LGBTQ: This acronym includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, but not intersex or asexual identities.
LGBTQI: This acronym includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex, but not asexual identities.
LGBTQIA: This acronym includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual identities.
It's important to note that not everyone in the community uses the same labels or acronyms to describe themselves, and some people may identify with multiple labels or no label at all. It's always best to ask people how they prefer to be identified and to respect their wishes.
When referring to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, it is important to use pronouns that align with their gender identity. It is respectful to ask individuals their preferred pronouns and to use them consistently.
For example, if someone identifies as a transgender woman and uses she/her pronouns, it would be appropriate to refer to her using those pronouns. Similarly, if someone identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, it would be appropriate to refer to them using those pronouns.
It is important to avoid making assumptions about someone's gender identity based on their appearance or any other factors. Instead, it is always best to ask for their pronouns and use them respectfully.
Additionally, it is important to avoid using offensive or derogatory language when referring to the LGBTQIA+ community. This includes avoiding slurs or using language that reinforces harmful stereotypes or biases.