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December 11, 2018
Out On Screen is an arts non-profit that illuminates and advances LGBT2Q+ lives through film, education, and dialogue. We believe in a society where all gender and sexual diversity thrives. This includes a world free of transphobia and gender oppression.
We believe the Meghan Murphy and Feminist Current event scheduled for January 10th 2019 at the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) fundamentally perpetuates transphobia and violates the legal human rights of trans and gender diverse people. The relationship between anti-trans hate speech and violence towards trans people is both direct and well documented.
Libraries are intended to be public spaces that are enriching, expansive, and ultimately safe for all. In the past, the VPL has taken many positive actions to make their spaces safer and more accessible, demonstrating a commitment to LGBT2Q+ communities. Unfortunately, allowing transphobic programming to occur undermines the progress the VPL, LGBT2Q+ individuals, artists, activists, and community groups have worked so hard to achieve.
In the spirit of partnership, collaboration, and community, Out On Screen reached out and spoke to the Chief Librarian, members of the Library Board, and other elected officials to engage constructively to hold the VPL accountable to its values and to keep the VPL safe for trans and gender diverse people. Without substantial progress on these fronts, Out On Screen publicly requests the VPL listen to the communities affected, reinforce its leadership, and cancel the booking.
Our commitment to safety, security, and freedom for LGBT2Q+ communities is paramount.