About the LGBTQ+ Alliance
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Alliance (LGBTQ+ Alliance) of the American Alliance of Museums provides a forum for communication and dialogue and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and inquiry with particular respect to sexual orientation and gender identity within museums.
The LGBTQ+ Alliance facilitates transgender, queer, gay, lesbian, and bisexual visibility by promoting and enhancing awareness, understanding, and acceptance regarding museum-related LGBTQ issues. Its focus includes both internal needs and opportunities including staff, leadership, and organizational structure, and external, stakeholder-related work ranging from visitor amenities and messaging to programs and collections. The network serves as a visible and accessible safe space for museum professionals who identify as LGBTQ or allies. We welcome AAM members of all sexual orientations and gender identities and encourage involvement across the organization in promoting museums that include LGBTQ voices at every level.
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Gender Transition and Transgender Inclusion in the Museum Workplace: A Toolkit for Trans Individuals, Institutions, and Coworkers
Created by the Task Force for Transgender Inclusion, the Toolkit is intended to prepare institutions, coworkers, and transgender museum professionals for gender transitions and to better implement transgender inclusion in policies and practices.
Institutions are encouraged to maintain copies of A Transitioning Professional’s Guide and A Coworker’s Guide in places where staff can access them discreetly. If you are a professional preparing to transition, provide your institution with An Institution’s Guide and A Coworker’s Guide, and use A Professional’s Guide to help you plan out the process.
Even if there are no transgender individuals that you are aware of at your institution, many of the policy recommendations can be implemented ahead of time to ensure that the institution is ready for future gender transitions. A Coworker’s Guide is also helpful in ensuring that staff are able to competently welcome transgender patrons and volunteers, as well as future staff members.
Please remember, every person and transition are different, so the Toolkit should be adapted for each unique situation.
A Transitioning Professional’s Guide (March 2019)
An Institution’s Guide(March 2019)
A Coworker’s Guide (March 2019)
The “LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums” outline preferred practices for museums to use when working with LGBTQ professionals, audiences, and communities. The guidelines reflect our belief that museums are community anchors where visitors and staff should safely encounter and find meaning in various cultures, objects, people, and ideas. Sexual orientation and gender identity are threads in the vibrant tapestry of any community. Museums benefit from interweaving or even highlighting those threads, among many others, in our work.
The Latest from the LGBTQ+ Alliance
On February 22, the Trump administration rescinded guidelines issued under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by the Obama administration last year that sought to protect transgender students in schools and colleges from discrimination, including allowing them to use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.