Three Tips to be an Awesome LGBTQ+ Ally

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Celebrating Pride Month

Every June, the LGBTQ+ community and supporters come together to celebrate Pride Month. The world dedicated the entire month to LGBTQ+ voices, support, and culture. No doubt you’ve seen the parades, talks, and performances celebrating all aspects of Pride.

The Stonewall Inn, Where it Began. Source: Wikimedia Commons, Rhododendrites

What Does it Mean to be an LGBTQ+ Ally?

An ally is someone who stands up and encourages those around them. Essentially, it’s a person trying to make the world a better place for those who identify as LGBTQ+.

Three Ways You Can be a Great LGBTQ+ Ally

Research shows that one in eight LGBTIQ+ people between eighteen to twenty-four has attempted to end their life. Almost half of trans people have contemplated self-harm or thought about ending their life.

How to be an AWESOME LGBTQ+ Ally, Jessie Lucas

1. Don’t Make Assumptions

Sometimes, people are afraid to talk about LGBTQ+ issues in case they say the wrong thing. Like in any group or network, words can have different meanings.

Celebrate Queer Voices

2. Watch Your Language

Think about the language you use and hear around you. Start to familiarize yourself with respectful language and terminology to help everyone around you feel confident and included.

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3. Be an Advocate

Finally, a great way to be an ally is by being an advocate. If there is something structurally that needs improving, raise your voice. Whether it’s for widespread installation of gender-neutral bathrooms or equal rights, ask for queer voices to be heard. Being an advocate is how change moves forward, and everyone has the power to take action.

Queer Voices Should be Heard

Support the LGBTQ+ Community

Offer support and find Pride events in your local area that you can get involved in. Keep an eye out for your friends and family in the LGBTQ+ community. Be a shoulder to cry on or give them space to vent their frustration with no judgment.

Fight Discrimination Against LGBTQ+ People of Color

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