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  • Zoe Gadd

How to be a better Ally | Pride Month

Being a strong LGBTQ+ ally is essential for creating a more inclusive and accepting world. Regardless of whether you identify as LGBTQ+ yourself, showing support and understanding can make a significant difference. Becoming an ally is an ongoing journey that requires continuous learning, empathy, and action. Here are five practical examples of what you could be doing to be the best ally possible!

  1. Listen and Learn: Active listening is a fundamental aspect of being an ally. Sometimes, LGBTQ+ individuals simply need someone who will lend an empathetic ear without judgment. Be open-minded, ask questions respectfully, and genuinely listen to their experiences. Remember, it's important to focus on understanding and supporting others rather than imposing your opinions.

  2. Use Correct Terminology: Language plays a significant role in allyship. Familiarize yourself with appropriate LGBTQ+ terminology and use it respectfully. Recognize that individuals' gender identities and orientations may vary, and it's essential to use the correct terms. When in doubt, ask respectfully or seek guidance from credible resources.

  3. Respect Pronouns and Names: Respecting individuals' chosen pronouns and names is a fundamental aspect of being an ally. Never assume someone's pronouns based on appearance or make assumptions about their gender identity. When meeting someone new or interacting in a group, ask for their pronouns or use gender-neutral terms until you learn their preferences. Likewise, use individuals' preferred names, even if they differ from their birth names.

  4. Amplify LGBTQ+ Voices: As an ally, one of the best ways to show support is by amplifying LGBTQ+ voices. Share their stories, achievements, and struggles. Use your platform to raise awareness and promote inclusivity. Center LGBTQ+ voices and acknowledge the intersectionality within the community.

  5. Stand Up Against Discrimination: Silence in the face of discrimination is not an option. Be prepared to speak up and challenge homophobic, transphobic, or discriminatory remarks when you encounter them. Use your privilege to advocate for equality and justice. It's essential to create safe spaces where LGBTQ+ individuals feel supported and protected.

Together, we can work towards a future where everyone is celebrated and accepted for who they are.

We are so grateful to each and every ally.

Thank you.

Image credit: Kirsty Jayne Russell

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