TAKE ACTION by being prepared to be a good ally during PRIDE month. It is important for LGBTQ allies to show support, it’s important to keep the focus on the real meaning of Pride and be aware of when — and in what capacity — your presence is appreciated.
What does it take to be a good straight ally during Pride? Here is as hint… it’s not about your Instagram. The following suggestions were extracted from a script published by GLAAD intended to provide insight into how to be a good LGBTQ ally and friend.
- Let your friends, family and co-workers know that anti-LGBTQ comments and jokes are harmful and you find them offensive.
- Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
- Defend your LGBTQ friends against discrimination.
- Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
- Contact GLAAD if you see LGBTQ people being misrepresented in the media.
Here are some videos that breakdown being an ally:
- 5 Tips For Being An Ally (Chescaleigh on YouTube)
- How To Be A Straight Ally (with Ash Hardell) (DarkSquidge on YouTube)
If you prefer the written word, here are some articles on being an ally: