What it means to be an LGBT Ally?
“Being an LGBT ally means helping others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect.
What is a LGBT relationship?
1. Throughout the article, we use “LGBT couples” as an inclusive term to reflect the fact that partners’ sexual and/or gender identities may be the same (e.g., two gay men) or different (e.g., a transgender man and lesbian).
What does it mean if you’re an ally?
To be an ally is to unite oneself with another to promote a common interest. As shown by the definitions above, people who are allies are not only helpers, but also have a common interest with those they desire to help. In an alliance, both parties stand to benefit from the bond or connection they share.
What is a true ally?
“Show up on a local palpable level for the people in your life who matter to you. A good ally is someone who knows how to speak, how to be heard, but also how to listen.” This is how YOU can be a true ally.
What does straight mean?
The word “straight” is often used to mean “heterosexual.” It can also mean “heteroromantic.” Heterosexual means you’re sexually attracted to the opposite sex only. Heteroromantic means you’re romantically attracted to the opposite sex only.
What does the 2 in lgbtq2 mean?
“Two-spirit” refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity.
Why being an ally is important?
Being an ally is an antidote to isolation for those targeted by oppression and those in the targeting role–it empowers everyone involved. Our communities need the voices, opinions, and help of people from many different groups.
What is an ally in the workplace?
“Workplace allies” are people who are willing to personally align themselves with colleagues to make sure they’re heard and included. When most employees are confronted with the problems of discrimination, harassment, and other bad behavior at work, they assume that their job is limited to their own behavior.
How do you listen as an ally?
Trust it. Listening as an ally requires that you make space for others to talk (e.g, letting them speak more, asking them respectful questions), and that you trust and believe what they tell you. Remember: just because you can’t see the evidence for something right away it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.