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ALA GLBTRT 40th anniversary recognized in U.S. House resolution

WASHINGTON – The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) was recognized by a resolution of the United States House of Representatives, congratulating it on its 40th anniversary.

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), the resolution, dated June 23, 2010, recognizes GLBTRT for working to “ensure information and access needs for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals,” as well as seeking to “improve the lives of librarians, archivists, other information specialists, and library users who are part of the GLBT community.”

Additionally, GLBTRT was commended for its efforts to eliminate job discrimination based on sexual orientation, the revision of classification schemes to remove derogatory and hurtful terms, as well as its role in public awareness education, “ensuring unrestricted access to information by or about the GLBT community.”

The GLBTRT is the oldest professional gay rights organization in the United States. For more information about GLBTRT, please visit www.ala.org/glbtrt. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered professional library community, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered information and access needs of individuals at large. GLBTRT is committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.

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