Part 1 of our series on “How to Be a Better Ally” talks about what it means to be an ally, whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or not.
Table of Contents
- Part 1: What Does Being an Ally Mean? (current)
- Part 2: Breaking the Binary (next)
- Part 3: History of Pride
- Part 4: Pride Flags
- Part 5: Things You Can Do
What does being an ally mean?
While the “A” in LGBTQIA+ (don’t worry, we’ll get to this) can stand for “ally”, I like to think of everyone as an ally. And I mean everyone; LGBTQ+ or not.
When it comes to defining things like gender, identity, or sexuality, it’s impossible to fully understand the journey that each individual person is going through. As a gay man, I can’t comprehend the journey of a lesbian woman, or a transgender person for that matter.
I’m as much an ally to the lesbian, transgender, pansexual, etc, communities as they are to me. I can’t say I fully understand their journey, but I do support them and their right to be treated fairly. It’s not just straight or cisgender (again, we’ll define these in a minute) people who are allies to us, we are all in this together.
Because we are all so unique, I like to think that we are all allies to each other so long as we support and love one another.
So who is this guide for? Everyone! Whether you’re straight, gay, trans, unsure, or any other combination of identities, this guide is meant to help us all have a shared vocabulary and a (very) basic understanding of how we can all be kinder, more accepting, and supportive to each other.