Creating and Implementing Successful LGBTQIA Youth Programs

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
Grand Chenier

Bookstores are not only where to go to purchase a new book, they also serve as centers for communities and places of refuge. Booksellers go to great lengths to foster feelings of inclusion so that everyone, including today’s LGBTQIA youth, feels that their local independent bookstore is a place where they can express their voices and be themselves freely. In this session, panelists who have implemented LGBTQIA youth programming and nurtured a space of inclusion in their stores will share the details of their efforts, why creating programs is important, the impact the programs have had on their community, and how you can get involved at your own bookstore.

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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