Hamilton Health Sciences
LGBTQ+ Task Force

Becoming An Ally

What is an Ally?

An ally is an individual who works to end oppression within their personal and professional life. An ally works to end a form of oppression from which they receive privilege. For example, a white person who works to end racism, a lesbian who works to end discrimination against transgender individuals, or a straight man who combats homophobia.

Why be an Ally?

  • By embracing difference in others, you embrace it within yourself.
  • It gives you an opportunity to interact with and learn from a population that you may not be a member of.
  • You will make a difference in the community environment and in the lives of marginalized communities.
  • You will make the community a better place, oppression is a negative force that impacts everyone.

What does an Ally do?

  • Works towards developing a greater understanding of oppression, power, and privilege.
  • Promotes a community that appreciates, embraces and celebrates difference.
  • Challenges discriminatory comments, statements or "jokes".
  • Interacts respectfully and maintains the confidentiality of others.
  • Commits to making positive changes.

What does it take to be an Ally?

  • Empathy
  • Commitment to Social Justice
  • Respectful
  • Risk taker
  • Willing to learn
  • Recognizes that Oppression hurts all people
  • Open-Minded
  • Good Active-Listener
  • Willing to challenge yourself and others
  • Recognizes that oppression is an ongoing issue
  • An Ally is committed to personal growth and is willing to examine how privilege operates within their life

    For more information on our Human Rights Ally Program, please see link below for the Centre for People Development:

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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