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KU Libraries offering buttons for employees, visitors to display preferred gender pronouns

Buttons featuring preferred gender pronouns are part of the University of Kansas Libraries “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, targeted at attracting undergraduates and making sure they feel welcome, including those who are transgendered. The buttons are worn by library employees who wish to.

Buttons featuring preferred gender pronouns are part of the University of Kansas Libraries “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, targeted at attracting undergraduates and making sure they feel welcome, including those who are transgendered. The buttons are worn by library employees who wish to.

December 27, 2016

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A number of University of Kansas Libraries employees now wear buttons showing their preferred gender pronouns. Extra buttons are offered for students who want one, too.

“Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” a posted sign at the libraries explains. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter! Misgendering someone can have lasting consequences, and using the incorrect pronoun can be hurtful, disrespectful, and invalidate someone’s identity.”

The buttons are part of KU Libraries' “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, targeted at attracting undergraduates and making sure they feel welcome, including those who are transgender, library leaders said.

Buttons featuring preferred gender pronouns are part of the University of Kansas Libraries “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, targeted at attracting undergraduates and making sure they feel welcome, including those who are transgendered. The buttons are worn by library employees who wish to.

Buttons featuring preferred gender pronouns are part of the University of Kansas Libraries “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, targeted at attracting undergraduates and making sure they feel welcome, including those who are transgendered. The buttons are worn by library employees who wish to.

There are three versions of the square-shaped “My pronouns are” buttons: “He him his,” “She her hers” and, for people who don’t identify themselves as male or female, “They them theirs.”

Library employees can choose whether they want to wear them, said Rebecca Smith, KU Libraries executive director of communications and advancement. She said there are extra buttons available at some library counters, and KU Libraries has reordered at least once to keep up with demand.

“We’ve told all of our front-line employees, if a student asks, give them a button,” Smith said.

Those “front-line” employees at the circulation and information desks are the ones who initially suggested the idea and, along with input from KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, helped craft language to advertise that the libraries are inclusive spaces.

The “You Belong Here” campaign aims to increase the visibility of KU Libraries’ commitment to diversity and inclusion, “a universal value of libraries,” dean of libraries Kevin Smith (no relation to Rebecca Smith) said.

University of Kansas Libraries “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, is aimed at attracting undergraduates and making sure they feel welcome, including those who are transgendered. This sign is posted inside Watson Library.

University of Kansas Libraries “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, is aimed at attracting undergraduates and making sure they feel welcome, including those who are transgendered. This sign is posted inside Watson Library.

Perhaps unlike any other academic building or unit at KU, the libraries are used by everyone, not just students taking certain classes or majoring in certain things, he said.

The language is strong, but that reaffirms a historical stance of libraries, Smith said. They have never really been neutral places.

Libraries celebrate First Amendment values, he said, and have been vocal opponents of efforts such as banning books — which often target target titles by authors from populations whose voices have been oppressed.

“A commitment to support the voices of marginalized people is part and parcel to the libraries’ commitment to the values of the First Amendment,” he said.

Smith, who came to KU from Duke University in May, said diversity and inclusion was on the minds of all universities last year.

“You Belong Here” signs also highlight locations of “gender-inclusive” restrooms, reflection rooms for meditation and prayer and lactation stations, all now available in both Watson and Anschutz libraries.

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Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That is the silliest thing I have ever heard of.

Andrew Sullivan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

And how many trans people do you know? It's no joke to them. I can think of far sillier things, including some of the indignant reactions in this comments section.

Andrew Sullivan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, yes, some transgendered persons want the gendered pronouns of the gender to which they're transitioning; others reject the binary/embrace the ambiguity and need the option of they/them/theirs.

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I always enjoy the Onion. Wait, isn't this the Onion.?

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

If we don't identify "them', the trans gender by omission, does this make it a transmission?

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The English language has a gender-neutral pronoun, it.

Andrew Sullivan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Sure, but we don't refer to a human being as "it." If you were a teacher and referred to a transgender person as "it," you could face accusations of transphobia. The singular "they" pronoun is just a solution to this communication issue.

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

They Used to refer to two or more people or things previously mentioned or easily identified. (Websters Online Dicitonary)

Scott Burkhart 7 months, 3 weeks ago

They should have a button that says: "If you're so self absorbed that a pronoun is going to upset your world, you don't belong anywhere."

Barb Gordon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Are you going to wear that button? That really seems like your button.

Scott Burkhart 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You're right, Barb. That is my button. I have another button that says, "Grow up! Nobody cares about your sensibilities and what you want to be called. The world doesn't work that way, snowflake."

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Gentlemen, this effort by the library is pushing towards inclusion of all persons, including those marginalized by society. But this also means you. Did you miss the last paragraph on places for prayer, meditation, lactation stations for mothers and babies, etc? Or did you just see the headline and realize that between sips of coffee you had a chance to bash something beautiful, and in some weird, shallow, meaningless way, feel better about yourself or your ideals. Let me guess, Bob, Scott, Bob, Charles: all white dudes eh? All persons who have had the luxury of being in the center of mainstream stereotypes, mores, norms, most importantly, OPPORTUNITY. I am ok if we disagree, that is the beauty of all of this. But when you decide to knock other human beings, when you, Bob, think that the pronoun "it" is sufficient for another human being to be considered, ...that is when we have a problem. So enjoy your freedoms of opportunities you have been afforded in your life. The same one's you have obviously taken for granted.

Bob Summers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the chuckle KR.

You're the greatest!!

Bob Summers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

....is KR alright? or is there a pronoun I should be using? Like Ze? Ze KR? Or ey KR?

Or Spivak KR?

Please advise..I do not want to offend you...Or is it offend yo?

https://genderneutralpronoun.wordpress.com/tag/ze-and-zir/

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Bob, I'm a farm kid who grew up in Kansas bailing hay and working cattle. I am a hetero male and have a family. The only difference between you and I is that I can understand the value of advocating for marginalized groups of society. Whereas you, you my friend, want to have your cake and eat it too. You want to have the benefits of growing up white AND male in modern society AND THEN YOU WANT TO RUB IT IN OTHER'S FACES FOR WANTING EQUAL TREATMENT. it's a testament to your maturity, ability to self-reflect, and ability to empathize with anything other than your own irrational ideals.

Bob Summers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

"I'm a farm kid who grew up in Kansas bailing hay and working cattle. I am a hetero male and have a family"

Good for you! Congratulations!

Later!

JM Andy 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't bother, Kyle. Bob Summers is a shriveled up old man with nothing to do but troll the LJW site. He's pretty pathetic, really. Don't feed him. It's just sad.

Justin Hoffman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

"because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual".

Wrong. A quick glance south will help anyone confused of their gender.

Renee Patrick 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Gender is a social construct passed down or around by the people within a culture providing information about how one should behave based on some set of social norms. This is fluid and ever changing. Genitalia develop based on a combination of hormonal and genetic interactions. Some are clearly representative of genetic markers, xx, XY, and others are not or are representative of xxx, XYY, Xxy, etc. so eyeballing it wouldn't always be informative. Therefore, while you may dislike or belittle it, gender identification should be left to the individual. No one should be told by others who they are.

Justin Hoffman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You're obviously brainwashed. You also lack common sense.

JM Andy 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds to me like she's pretty well educated on the topic. Maybe you should try learning something instead of shooting your mouth (fingers?) off on LJW all the time?

Greg Cooper 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Justin's definition of "brainwashed": you don't agree with me.

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

"Genitalia develop based on hormonal and genetic interactions...ect" So, my parents genetic interacions cause a development of male genetelia and my DNA causes me to be born a Caucasion male. If this is so "fluid", I could have been born a black female.

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Wrong. A quick glance south will help anyone confused of their gender.

Not if they are "post op"

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Gender is an identity. Sex is a physical characteristic. Gender is an affirmation, a choice, a proclamation. Let me break this down on your level boys. For example. Is being republican or democrat a choice or a predetermined characteristic? It's obviously a choice. Gender is the same. Just because you are from Kansas doesn't make you a republican. Just because you were born male doesn't make you a "he". It's really simple logic fellas. The only problem is that you have convinced yourself that "sex" and "gender" are the same thing. It's like walking around saying that dogs and cats are the same animal. All it does is make you look stupid. And then when someone let's you know how stupid you are for thinking dogs and cats are the same, YOU STILL WANT TO BELIEVE THEY ARE THE SAME. So then you look stupid and crazy. Do you like this look? Because now it's a choice of how do you want to be perceived.

Bob Summers 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Gender is a choice.....stop it you're killing me!

btw. Liberal condition is not a choice. It is genetic.

It is those folk with the Liberal genetic condition that have a choice in gender. Now that Obamacare has freed the Liberal of "job lock" the sky is the limit for gender choices!!

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

and........I just realized that I'm talking to a crazy person

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

(. It's like walking around saying that dogs and cats are the same animal. )

I think that you contradicted yourself here. A cat is a different animal. It is not a dog.

It also is not a valid comparison. Gender and sex are the same thing. I can call myself a black female because I choose to identify myself as a black female, because race and gender are "artificial constructs" does not make me a black female, no matter how much I want it to be. It reminds me of that white woman who claimed to be black when she was a CEO of the NAACP. Most black people did not identify her as black, as much as she wanted to identify as being black.

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Please don't blame Mr Obama. I like him. (even if I was disapointed on his Executive Bathroom Order.)

Chris Kennedy 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Actually Kyle, your example of dogs and cats applies more to your position and that of the KU LIbraries staff than the other commentators here. You would seek to call a cat a dog, and vice versa, even when the objective reality (attained via DNA testing) could easily be established. You may want to read the following article as I think it relates directly to the above story: http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/the-doritos-commercial-and-the-revival-of-voluntarism/5081/

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

an article written by a bishop about a doritos commercial? THIS IS THE PROBLEM RIGHT HERE. YOU ARE USING A FREAKING USELESS MEDIUM TO VALIDATE YOUR POINT. FROM A WEBSITE PUSHING RELIGIOUS IDEALS. I know on the internet you can find any crazy person to put up a website and defend your views, but c'mon. this is trash

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

",....And there is another type of Caps Lock user who doesn't capitalize whole sentences but INSTEAD capitalizes a few SPECIFIC words for EMPHASIS. Now read a sentence like that aloud, shouting every time you come to a capitalized word, and tell me you do not sound like an absolute freakin' lunatic. This method can turn even basic known facts into crazy-sounding gibberish ("The SQUARE of the HYPOTENUSE of a RIGHT triangle equals the SUM of the squares of the OTHER two sides")..." https://pjmedia.com/blog/tips-for-not-appearing-crazy-on-the-internet/

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

what did your parents do when you refused to think before you acted Bob? they probably started yelling at some point.

Greg Cooper 7 months, 3 weeks ago

And, again, as always, not a response to a comment that demands an answer. No, a reasonable answer. But, then, reasonable people have learned to never expect reason from you.

Chris Kennedy 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm afraid you missed the point, which is that you can't make something true just by willing it to be true. If we could, it would open up a whole new can of worms. If people reject objective reality when it comes to someones sex (i.e., separating sex from gender), then what stops someone from identifying as a different race, or height, or weight, or even species?

David Reynolds 7 months, 3 weeks ago

“Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” a posted sign at the libraries explains. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender.

Really? What about good old fashioned "Name Tags"? Isn't it better to be identified as a real person vs as a non-personal pronoun?

Why do any of us have to get involved in someone else's personal life? Why do others feel compelled to try to force their personal issues on others?

Why can't we just relate to each other by our names and leave each other's intimate personal issues out our daily normal interactions?

Everyone is carrying their own personal problems. Be they, health, death, marriage, family, etc.

No one wants someone elses; issues, concerns &/or problems, thrust upon them; especially when all they want is some information about an item in the library.

Each of us has our own dailey challenges...we certainly aren't looking for more.

JM Andy 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The library is doing it's best to be inclusive of all students, staff and faculty. How does that impact you in ANY way? I love this hillybilly thinking. If it's something nice/kind for one group, that means it leaves me out! I'm hurt! This has nothing to do with anyone's personal problems. Maybe take a college class or two and expand your mind. It's about the size of a peanut right now.

Armen Kurdian 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Because this is more of the "Please don't hurt my feelings" abject silliness that is sweeping a good portion of our country.

Barb Gordon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Because everyone knows the important feelings to preserve are those of white cis males. Don't ever point out that they're being racist or bigoted. It hurts their feelings.

Greg Cooper 7 months, 3 weeks ago

If it's so unimportant then, Armen, just ignore it and go on your way.

Or come up with an important answer.

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Define hillbilly thinking. I know many people who have taken a "college course or two". Anyone can enroll in community college or take a course at thier local univeristy or even earn a BA in American Studies or .....(snicker) Gender Studies, but what does that prove?

Bob Reinsch 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The comments section reminds me that not only is gender fluid, but, in light of comments such as "just look south", I'm reminded of how many folks have their upper torso rotated 180 degrees off axis.

Justin Hoffman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Will these buttons be attached with the liberal diaper pin? It would only seem fitting.

Greg Cooper 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Amazingly, except in French, diaper pins are gender neutral. But that doesn't mean anything to you,, does it, Justin? You just want to spout your mishmash without adding anything to the conversation. As always.

John Brazelton 7 months, 3 weeks ago

This is why Lawrence is the most liberal city in Kansas!!!!

Richard L Wagner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You say that, like it's a bad thing. If your in Lawrence, one simply has to laugh at the Gender Studies majors. Upon graduation, they apply for an internship or thier first time away from home and apply for thier new career their resume states thier major in Gender Studies. That'll put food on the table.

Armen Kurdian 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I honestly and truthfully cannot believe that this is happening, that it's news, and that it's on the front of the LJW. We need to flash mob the library and start referring to all the folks wearing these pins as 'that'.

Barb Gordon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

And what victory would you be accomplishing? If you had a friend who preferred a nickname, would you yell at them every time you saw them and insist that they weren't using their real name?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow, you all beat me to it!! " Because gender is, itself, fluid "

As stated by many of you above I agree, this is the dumbest, most stupid notion that I have ever heard advanced by an institution of advanced learning. As one put it, "look south"

This politically motivated stupidity has gone way to far. You are male or female. You can feel as you like but there are no people who do not have a physical gender. And this stupid campaign to attract attention to themselves is just another raft of foolishness to cause discomfort, discord, and stupidity. "Gender identity" indeed!! What in the hell has gone wrong with the administration of a seemingly competent institution??

Andrew Sullivan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

"You are male of female." False. http://www.isna.org/faq/frequency

So you despise Trump yet are okay with continuing to marginalize those outside the gender or sexual binary? Methinks you have some self-educating to do.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

" to advertise that the libraries are inclusive spaces." What in the name of God is this all about?? How does a room full of books and materials for learning do to indicate that they are NOT inclusive??????

Who is running this insane foolishness??

Barb Gordon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The buttons are on the librarians, not the books. Speaking of which, the library is more than "a room full of books and materials for learning," which you'd know if you read the article instead of skimming for pictures. But I see that you have questions. Perhaps you should ask a librarian to help you with your information need.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

"and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender",,,,,,,,looking for a poke in the snout, eh?? No one better ask me.

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You can sit in a tree and hoot. That doesn't make you an owl.

David Reynolds 7 months, 3 weeks ago

JM Andy, your comments are a reflection of yourself & thus diminish yourself, not of the person your trying to diminish.

JM Andy 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Thomas Shorock 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Shift? What shift?

"So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." - Matt 18:35 - King James Bible

When you have something that was used by Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the King James Bible, it's not exactly an innovation.

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The 21st Century continues its handbasket journey to the infernal regions.

Jamiee Linn Hick 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Andrew Sullivan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That's quite a hot sticky load of satire to be dropping over a library's promotion of alternative pronouns. Don't you have something more threatening to aim those cannons at?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Andrew Sullivan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Fred, do you normally make your neighbor's hardware a subject of conversation? How is it your business? And if it is someone lacking a penis, they'd probably use a stall to avoid your scrutiny. Just count yourself lucky that you don't have people refer to you as "bent" for trying to live according to your internal truth.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Darn.. I did NOT get booted.....But I have a good one at your reference to "hardware', that ought to do it.

And in my business there is not conversation about this stupid and ignorant issue.

Mike Riner 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I kind of like "greetings fellow life forms"!

Dustyn Polk 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Okay, this I will nominate, if for no better reason than Mork & Mindy is immensely better, in terms of scripting and acting, than most of the programming on modern television...

Louis Kannen 7 months, 3 weeks ago

" Pardon me, THEY told me when I came in to go over and check with THEM who was with THEIRS, the individual with the 'Got A Question?' name-tag on. Actually, if you could just direct me back to where I came in, I'd like to get back to some semblance of reality...thanks."

Justin Hoffman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I spit out my pancake in laughter when I saw the "My pronouns are They, Them, Theirs" button. Too funny!!

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

My pronouns are Mister, Sir, and Your Grace.

Dustyn Polk 7 months, 3 weeks ago

If gender can be chosen, and not dictated by DNA, then can I, as a male, declare myself to be female and have a period?

Get pregnant?

Barb Gordon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Are you saying that women who have had hysterectomies are no longer female?

Dustyn Polk 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Do you have a script that I can print out, just so I can know my lines in advance? Since you are going to put words in my mouth, I'd at least like to not look like a bad Godzilla movie actor...

A hysterectomy does not change one's DNA. I'd say 'nice try', and that was a really sub-par attempt. Surely you can do better if I give you time...

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

In the time it has taken for each and every one of you to sit down and bash this initiative by the Library you could have done the following: 1) researched the subject and come to a greater understanding of something that clearly is beyond your current realm of cognitive functioning.
2) realized that even though you do not understand something, it does not give you the right to bash it, make fun of it, or even try to denounce it. You may never see it, but it really makes you look like quite the piece of trash when you bash things simply because you do not understand them.
3) if you really, passionately, with research and evidence, want to advocate against such an initiative, you have to at least be intelligent enough to know that the place to start is not here, not on a troll feed, where your name is exposed.

Last but not least, do any of you realize that every time you comment on here, positive or negative, it impacts your social brand? Go ahead, google your name + Lawrence Kansas. See what pops up. See what other people see when they research your name. If you have any value in this world, people will look into you online. And they will see this. This disgusting representation of a group of children posing as men in an attempt to lift up their sad little lives by tearing down others who already face so much social pressure, in the margins where we have already put them.

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Every day, first thing I do is consider how I can impact my social brand, not.

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Well Bob, much like the topic of this article, you have much to learn about your social brand. You see, when you get on here and act like the bigot that you seemingly are, you are not just talking with some people. You are creating a trail of dialogue that the entire world has access to. In fact, unlike a conversation with friends, you are virtually recording everything you type on here into a social platform anyone can identify you with. Feel free not to care how this reflects on you to anyone considering interacting, hiring, collaborating, or doing anything professional with you in the future. Unless you have secured every resource you need moving forward in life to live comfortably, I would suggest you start considering your social brand. Because it's the same as your reputation these days.

Barb Gordon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

My bet is that Bob is retired and spends a large portion of his day telling kids to get off his lawn.

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That's yet another thing you are wrong about, Barb.

Justin Hoffman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You're right Kyle. It's nice to know who the crazies are who foolishly believe gender is fluid. I'll be sure to avoid "interacting, hiring, collaborating, or doing anything professional" with them in the future. Again, nice to know which ones have a foolish social brand. Thanks for the advice.

Kyle Roggenkamp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

It just tears me up to see a group of individuals overtly attack people, groups of people, or initiatives that support marginalized groups of society. It's like you can't handle ANYONE but yourself making positive gains in this world. Seemingly, you cannot handle the advancement of any group or groups of people who have had to live in the shadows because of the same bigotry you have displayed on this board.

The sad thing is, we both know that there is someone in your direct family that is struggling with these same issues. the facts just state those are the odds, probability wise. Here's the sad thing. That person, knowing that they have someone like yall in their life, is more likely to just kill themselves than come to you for understanding, support and love.

That's all this is about fellas. People having the support, love and understanding to be themselves. Because if you cannot be yourself, then how can you be the most productive member of society possible? How can you lessen the chances of poverty and the symptoms of it (death, suicide, crime). But no. You want to continue to not understand and bash these folks. hold them down. Then complain when they require some type of social or public program to get by. Because society has crapped on them. And then you, the same bigot boys who trash these folks and hold them down, complain when they require public assistance to step in and do the job that society has decided not to.

so there's a choice: live with an open mind and understanding that in no way is your life harmed or changed by simply treating others with the same respect and love that you expect from your family. How hard is that?

OR, you can continue to be a dick. suppress and oppress groups of people. pay for the services with your tax dollars. and continue looking at each other like, duh, der, argh, why are people poor and why are our taxes necessary to help them? der duh. couldn't be because society has failed them. no way. possibly because we openly, with laughter in our brow, shamed them? no way. der duh derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Lenny Hoag 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I personally don't care if people want to participate in this. But as a Kansas taxpayer I don't want my tax dollars paying for it. Kansas has enough fiscal issues and funding social justice warriors seems pretty low on my list of where our tax dollars go. Student fees should be paying for this type of thing or students and staff should be bearing the cost. Liberty is not free - it has a price in many ways. I've written to the governor and my state legislators asking them to make sure taxpayer dollars are not subsidizing this. If you care about how your tax dollars are spent you might consider doing the same.

Barb Gordon 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't want my taxpayer money to fund legal fees for Kobach's voter suppression effort. Not only is that far more money than the price of a few buttons, it's money that actually is spent on something jeopardizing liberty. You know, just in case you actually cared about liberty.

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I can just imagine snowflake Kyle walking around, consulting his list of people to be shunned before he says, "good morning' to anyone.

Bob Reinsch 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm not worried about it. I'd guess the folks that are attacking haven't seen the inside of a library in decades.

Bob Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

If that is what you think, you have another think coming.

Louis Kannen 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm guessing that a year from now, this totally asinine and ridiculously superfluous 'inclusivity amongst the stacks' program will be looked upon as just another misguided effort on the part of your city's Wacko Liberal Loons to reinvent the Universe. Thank God the balance of your State's Real World population is shaking their heads, understandably not having been endowed the temerity to want to sign up.

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