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GELS: Growing Equitable Library Services

Resources related to the GELS series

CT Libraries and the LGBTQ+ Community

In March of 2023, the American Library Association (ALA) reported that there were the highest number of books challenged since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. "Of those titles, the vast majority were written by or about members of the LGBTQIA+ community and people of color." As groups throughout the country continue to challenge the LGBTQ+ community, for public libraries to act as a safe space and community hub, it's vital we educate ourselves on language, statistics, identity, community and more.  

The goal of these workshops is to educate the CT library community about LGBTQ+ identities, the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and how they can best support and affirm LGBTQ+ individuals as patrons and employees in the library setting.

Rebecca Degnan is the founder, owner and manager of Prism Counseling and Support LLC, and currently the sole clinician. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a passion for working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families. She received her Master of Science degree in counseling at CCSU in 2012. She has worked as a school counselor at the middle school level for over 6 years. She is proud to have started her school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance while working there and provided professional development trainings for staff at other middle and high schools about how to support LGBTQ+ youth in our schools. She is the very proud mother of two kids, her 13-year-old daughter and her 15-year old son who is transgender.

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