Being an ally is about more than silent acceptance. It’s about being there for your lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours. It’s about striving to understand their experiences, and helping them to understand yours. It’s about supporting one another in times of need. It’s about setting a positive example for others. And most importantly, it’s about creating a more inclusive and loving society where everyone is valued, no matter who they are or whom they love.
The United Nations is calling on you to be there for the LGBTI community. Show your support:
HOW YOU CAN BE A BETTER ALLY:
-Come out as an ally! Be vocal of your support for the LGBTI community at school, at work, in your family, community and on social media.
-Educate yourself about the diverse experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people, their issues and concerns – in your community and around the world.
-Reach out to organizations that are raising awareness and advocating to end criminalization, violence, discrimination and other abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people – and ask them how you can support.
-Respect safety, privacy and confidentiality – do not refer to, or reveal, a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics without their consent.
-Use people’s preferred terms, pronouns, genders and names. If you don’t know – respectfully ask.
-Don’t make assumptions about people’s sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics.
– Confront your own prejudices and bias – especially if it makes you uncomfortable to do so.
-Speak out when you hear bullying, insults and harmful myths and stereotypes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex children and adults. Avoid jokes, slurs and harmful stereotypes that can be hurtful to LGBTI people and let other people know that you find them offensive.
-Speak out when you see bullying and insults against LGBTI children and adults.