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:
- Use an inclusive language. For instance, use “partner” instead of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”.
- Create safe and welcoming spaces for your LGBTQ+ friends and families by speaking up in the face of homophobia.
- Be an attentive listener and provide support to those in need.
- 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.
- 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