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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 woman 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 LGBTQ+ community members.
  • If you have friends or family members who are LGBTQ+ identified, this will allow you an opportunity to actively indicate your support of them.
  • 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, privilege and the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Promotes a community that appreciates, embraces and celebrates difference.
  • Challenges anti-LGBTQ+ 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
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