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Sun Jun 23, 2024, 04:55 PM Jun 23

LGBTQ+ librarians grapple with attacks on books - and on themselves

Idaho librarian June Meissner was closing up for the day at the downtown Boise Public Library when a man approached her asking for help.

As an information services librarian, answering patrons’ questions is part of Meissner’s day-to-day work, and serving the community is one of her favorite parts of the job.

But when the man got close enough, “he took a swing at me and tried to punch me in the head,” said Meissner, a transgender woman. “I blocked it and he started yelling slurs and suggesting that he was going to come back and kill me.”

Worldwide Pride Month events are well underway to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and rights. But it is coming at a time when people who identify as LGBTQ+ say they are facing increasing difficulties at work, ranging from being repeatedly misgendered to physically assaulted.

Gender nonconforming library workers in particular, like Meissner, are also grappling with growing calls for book bans across the U.S., with books about gender identity, sexual orientation and race topping the list of most criticized titles and making the attacks all the more personal.


So tired of these self-righteous haters....

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LGBTQ+ librarians grapple with attacks on books - and on themselves (Original Post) Jilly_in_VA Jun 23 OP
Double trouble--trans, and a librarian--in Idaho-istan. That takes guts. Timeflyer Jun 23 #1
This is why i carry vercetti2021 Jun 23 #2
Ugh Chi67 Jun 23 #3


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2. This is why i carry
Sun Jun 23, 2024, 08:03 PM
Jun 23

I'm trans in a red state in a red city. Best believe the minute you try to attack me, you're meeting satan the same time

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