Allies have always been important - find out more about how you can support the LGBTQ+ community
What is Allyship?
An ally supports and advocates for the rights of marginalised voices and communities, promoting awareness and respect as well as empowering and amplifying those marginalised voices.
You can consider yourself an ally if you agree with equality and the fair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community.
Why is it important?
Supporting marginalised voices helps create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
You may find that you are in a position to speak up alongside the LGBTQ+ community and raise awareness of an underrepresented group.
Be aware that you should not speak on behalf of a community - it should always be alongside them in support.
How can I be a good ally?
If you already consider yourself an LGBTQ+ ally but want to do more to support the community, there are a few simple things you can do to align yourself further.
- Use the correct pronouns and respect gender identity
- If you make a mistake, that's OK - apologise and move on. We have a brief guide to pronouns as well as a guide on gender identity if you want more information
- If safe to do so, correct people when they misgender someone
- Get to grips with the history of LGBTQ+ activism
- From Section 28 to Stonewall, getting to know the history of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is imperative to understanding the fight for equality
- Include your pronouns in your e-mail signature and social media bio