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But then I think about what it would be like for people who haven't talked about this with co-workers and don't really want to disclose this--is this putting them in a bind? I reached out to some educators and trans people I respect and got the advice that this should be optional information to disclose, not required, but that it is still worth asking if you can do it in a way that doesn't put people on the spot (so, don't go around the room and require it as part of an introduction). Dr. Alex Hall shared a really excellent article with me digging deeper into the topic, and I highly recommend looking at it!
I love how things evolve. We do our best, and then find out there is a better way, and we get to adjust and keep listening and learning. If you are interested in learning more about serving trans patrons in the library, check out this handout from Dr. Hall's presentation at the Wisconsin Library Association's Annual Conference last month!