Racial equity statement


The Lavender Library, Archives and Cultural Exchange (LLACE) acknowledges the land which we occupy as the traditional home of the Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok tribal nations. LLACE stands in solidarity with indigenous people and the legacy of indigenous nations who hold beautiful and intricate ways of understanding gender identity and sexual orientation outside of settler/colonial ideology. 

 

The Lavender Library, Archives and Cultural Exchange (LLACE) is committed to creating a community space rooted in social justice, equity, healing, and collective liberation. LLACE fundamentally believes in the power of the people. LLACE recognizes that this movement must be intersectional across the expansive, multi-dimensional identities of queer and trans people: race/ethnicity, gender identity, beyond the nuclear family, body size, ability, neurodivergence, social class, unhoused, substance usage, immigration status, employment status and much more. LLACE recognizes that LGBTQIA+ spaces have historically centered assimilative white gays and lesbians; it is critical to name our organization’s own history rooted in this whiteness and privilege. LLACE acknowledges the legacy of Black and Brown Trans Women of Color that built the foundation for the queer liberation movement. 

 

In combating white supremacy, LLACE is committed to an anti-racist framework and practice by centering and uplifting Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans People of Color (BIQTPOC) in our leadership, in spaces, and in every area of our organization.

 

Commitments

  • LLACE has been working at every front, at all ends with the power that we have by: 

    • Transforming our organizational structure to be more inclusive and equitable for volunteers living at multiple intersecting identities to fully participate and have an impact.

    • Transforming, expanding, and evolving our collection/materials

    • Transforming our physical space (more accessible, comfortable, welcoming, etc).

    • Transforming the events and programs to be more intriguing to, and representative of, everyone in our larger LGBTQ+ community. 

Actions

  • We identify these four pillars as critical infrastructure needed to achieve our commitments to racial equity: 

    • how we are (organizational structure) 

      • Committees that focus on development of our key offerings: Operations, Collection, Engagement, Events, Fundraising, and Communications 

    • who we are (our leadership, volunteers, patrons and community members)

    • where (our physical space)

    • what we are: offering our collection AND events.

 

LLACE is at a pivotal point in our legacy, as we are re-establishing our foundation in anti-oppressive values we take in the heaviness of the road ahead with deep compassion and humility for ourselves and one another. LLACE is committed to constant evaluation of our practices in order to maintain accountability toward racial equity and anti-racist work in our space and the larger Sacramento community. 

 

Existing Actions:

  • Re-designing the space with art 

  • Becoming sustained by the community so the library is free of memberships

  • Creating a board representative of our community 

  • Being informed by the community of what type of materials are wanted/available in the library (intersectional collection that represents the community we serve) 

  • Sex positive and body positive space and resources

  • Adding more material to our library in different languages, ASL, audio books, tablets, laptops (accessibility) 

  • Building out a young adult section/children section of the library