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?
- Commitment to Social Justice
- Risk taker
- Willing to learn
- Recognizes that Oppression hurts all people
- 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