Ally (verb) – to unite or form a connection or relation.
Promoting and encouraging allyship is important for everyone and helps to make the world a more inclusive and affirming place. The impact of LGBTQ-specific allyship also extends beyond benefitting queer identities by decreasing the likelihood of implicit and explicit bias, and removing barriers to true inclusion. We encourage you to activate your allyship and be an active accomplice in supporting marginalized communities.
- Recognize how negative social stereotypes and unconscious beliefs cause harm
- Be intentionally inclusive and avoid making assumptions about others’ identities
- Speak out and speak up when the situation calls for it
- Share & teach what you’ve learned to help others grow
- Be an ACTIVE accomplice 24/7, 365
- Learn about intersectionality to be a better ally to marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ folks; Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC); women; immigrants; and others.
Effective allies are:
- Invested in expanding their own knowledge
- Willing to show up as a positive role model for their peers
- Able to thoughtfully listen and center voices that need to be heard
- Ready to participate in the work required to be an ally, and have a clear stake in the issue.
Choosing to be an ally is a continual, intentional commitment to support all of those facing oppression or disadvantage regardless of identity. Discrimination and oppression don’t simply disappear when allies back down or remain silent. So be bold and take risks!
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Interested in learning more about LGBTQ inclusion and how to create a more affirming workplace? Check out The Center’s LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion Workshops.