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How to be an ally

How to be an ally

More than 50 years ago, police raided the Stonewall Inn, and demanded sex verification checks on trans women. A spontaneous protest broke out that helped to spread the conversation about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual, and Two-Spirit people (L​GBTQIA2S+) issues and the battle for acceptance and inclusion. It was also the start of what today we celebrate as Pride.

Pride is an opportunity to recognize the impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual, and Two-Spirit people in our communities.

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Being an ally

Want to contribute to the elimination of racism and discrimination? Become an ally.

An ally is someone who:

  • Addresses the issue, not just the incident
  • Is willing to take risks and speak up
  • Is visible, active, vigilant, and public (even when the target person is not in the room)
  • Is willing to recognize the inherent privilege and power of being a member of the dominant group
  • Views their own membership in the dominant group as an opportunity to bring about change
  • Is proactive more often than reactive
  • Is always intentional, overt, vocal, consistent, and public about being an ally (allies aren’t silent)

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Join us in celebrating Pride, not only this month, but throughout the year – as allies with LGBTQIA2S+ people everywhere.