Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) are no longer just for the school environment. Library-facilitated GSAs are a unique opportunity to practice and promote radical inclusivity for LGBTQ+ youth in the public library.

This program will walk you through how to start a GSA at your public library. Learn some tips for success as a new GSA facilitator and adult ally, how to navigate potential challenges, and how to support the LGBTQ+ youth in your community.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• Learn about the role of a library GSA facilitator and the steps you can take to create a successful GSA
• Discover resources to utilize for yourself and to share with your teens
• Learn about the needs of LGBTQ+ youth and the ways in which you can help
• Brainstorm ways to navigate challenges, administrative support, and community response

Original broadcast March 4, 2021 
Biography ~ Rebecca West
Rebecca (she/her/hers) is a Teen Services Librarian at the Main Library in the Salt Lake City Public Library System in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been working with youth in Salt Lake City for over 10 years in different capacities, including as a teacher, mentor, and librarian. Rebecca received her MLIS degree from San Jose State University and is passionate about providing youth with the platforms, spaces, and resources they need to be heard and valued in their communities.