On 16 August 2017, the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee submitted our response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to the ALIA Board, with recommendations for actions we would like to see from ALIA. On 23 August 2017 we received a brief response to this submission, which we did not make public at the time. Later, when ALIA received further correspondence regarding the postal survey from Members of the association, they offered to provide us with a letter giving further detail and context to their initial response that we could then make publicly available.
This letter was received on 11 September 2017. We thank the ALIA CEO and Board for their time and willingness to continue dialogue around this important issue. We also thank them for their actions so far.
As stated in our original submission, we believe marriage equality is a human rights issue, and neutrality from the library industry at this time would only provide implicit support to those who would seek to vilify and discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people in Australia.
Let’s be clear. We feel the postal survey is a divisive and hurtful political process, and we cannot endorse people or institutions who would deny people’s civil rights on the basis of their sexuality or gender.
We agree that ALIA Members are “engaged, intelligent thinkers”. We see the pressure from these Members on social media as a sign not of the industry turning in on itself, but as a sign of our profession doing what it does best: advocating for our communities. And we urge everyone reading this to continue to advocate and take any action they are able to, to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Read the letter here: