Pride Month: How to be an ally

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Health Assured team

20 May 2022

Since history began, and still to this date, the LGBTQ+ community have faced unjust hardships, scrutiny, and brutal acts of violence across the globe. To put this into perspective, let's take a look at some heart-breaking LGBTQ+ statistics:

  • Almost one in five LGBT people have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
  • More than a third of staff have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination.
  • Over a quarter of LGBT students say they were excluded by other students for being LGBT.
  • Two-thirds of LGBT+ people have experienced Anti-LGBT+ violence or abuse.
  • 70 countries criminalise same-sex relationships.

These five facts come from a flurry of statistics highlighting the hardships faced day in and day out. No one should be treated differently because of their sexual orientation or gender. So we must keep pushing and striving for change. Below, you’ll find out how you can become an ally and make a difference in the equality movement.

What is an ally?

An ally is a typically straight and/or cis (someone whose gender identity is the same sex they were assigned to at birth) person who supports members of the LGBTQ+ community. Allies actively engage with LGBTQ+ issues. They support and defend individuals, whilst actively involving themselves in events, fundraising and awareness-raising activity. Want to learn how to become an ally? We’ve put together some tips to get you started.

Understanding inequality 

Start off on the right foot by doing your research. Learn about the inequalities faced by the LGBTQ+ community. What advancements have we made? What laws against LGBTQ people still stand in place today? How does being LGBTQ+ affect daily life, and are there any areas of struggle? Gain a deeper insight into these issues; this will equip you with a greater perspective.

Get to know the language 

Educate yourself and help others learn the LGBTQ+ terminology. It doesn’t take long to familiarise yourself with these terms, and it shows your willingness to support underrepresented groups. Our LGBTQ+ glossary of terms blog should help you get started.

Defend against discrimination 

Empowered with your new knowledge of LGBTQ+ activism history and language, you’re now in a place to start standing up for what you believe in. Defending the LGBTQ+ community isn’t always easy; it can be intimidating to speak your voice. But it’s also a radical act of compassion and allyship. It's an honourable stand for equality, and it encourages others to follow in your footsteps.

Amplify the voice of the LGBTQ+ movement 

Social media may have its pitfalls at times. But it can also connect people across the world. And when it comes to making noise about societal issues—it can be an unparalleled tool. Look out for LGBTQ+ activists across your social media platforms and share them where you can. The more you can spread the word, the better. The further these posts reach, the more people you can impact. And every ripple of awareness or knowledge and information you can spread really does make a difference.

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Carry on learning about LGBTQ+ issues by reading our blog: International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia 2022

 

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