Do you know the importance of an ally to the LGBTQ people?

An ally is someone who stands in solidarity and shows support to LGBTQ+ people; and one of the most effective and powerful voices for the LGBTQ+ movement. Whether the ally has just started learning about LGBTQ+ issues or is recognised as an advocate for LGBTQ+ people, the actions and words of the ally are meaningful and impactful in the fight against stigma and discrimation faced by the LGBTQ+ people. As a matter of fact, everyone can be an ally for the LGBTQ+ people irrespective of their gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, creed, race among others. An ally sometimes acts as a voice to the voiceless and can support in changing policies and rights for LGBTQ+ people.

For LGBTQ+ people, an ally can be a sibling or a relative. In communities where family settings are culturally strong, having an ally in the family helps in making home a safe space for LGBTQ+ people.

Anyone can be an ally for LGBTQ+ people. You can start by the following small steps:

  1. Use an inclusive language. For instance, use “partner” instead of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”.
  2. Create safe and welcoming spaces for your LGBTQ+ friends and families by speaking up in the face of homophobia.
  3. Be an attentive listener and provide support to those in need.
  4. Keep an open mind and confront your own prejudices. Avoid falling for stereotypes, instead take the time to learn about LGBTQ+ people and their unique lived experiences.
  5. Use resources like social media to show support and get involved in the cause.

For more information and further details, do not hesitate to the Young Queer Alliance, a youth-led non governmental organisation. 

Young Queer Alliance

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