VPL joins VPD’s Safe Place program supporting LGBTQ community
Vancouver’s library has joined the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Place program, which identifies places where members of the LGBTQ community can shelter if they experience bullying or harassment or are victims of crime.
All of Vancouver Public Library’s 21 locations around the city are part of this initiative, and the program’s identifying rainbow-coloured stickers will soon be installed on main entrance doors at library branches and the central library downtown.
Businesses and organizations in the program – which launched roughly seven months ago – pledge to provide a safe place for LGBTQ community members to shelter, be welcomed and call police if they have concerns for their safety or are victims of crime.
“VPL has a long-standing commitment to inclusiveness, a commitment that is inherent in the role of the library as a social equalizer in the community,” says chief librarian Sandra Singh.