How to Be an Ally All Year Long
Being an ally is more than just showing up to a pride parade wearing rainbows and changing your social media profile picture in June.
Practice being a good ally all year long by:
Elevating those in the LGBTQ+ community- not yourself!
Although you can certainly be a proud straight ally, please remember that it's not about you. Elevate the voices and stories of those in the LGBTQ+ community rather than your own. You can be a good ally without centering yourself.
Spending your dollars supporting actual LGBTQ+ people and organizations.
No, you do not need a third or fourth rainbow tumbler from a popular coffee chain to show your support for Pride Month. Put your money where your mouth is and support LGBTQ+ artists, creators, and organizations rather than giving your money to corporations that slap a rainbow on their logo during pride month.
Donate and volunteer with LGBTQ+ organizations and causes.
Donating to or volunteering with LGBTQ+ organizations is a great way to show your support year-round.
Continuing to advocate for the strengthening and development of LGBTQ+ rights and protections.
Although it can sometimes be easy to forget when rainbow flags surround you during Pride Month, the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is far over.
Every day, and all across the country, members of the LGBTQ+ community are used as political pawns and targets. Fight against Trans* youth sports bans, harmful conversion therapy bills, and work toward fundamental criminal justice reforms.
Uplifting those who are the most marginalized and have the most at stake.
There are so many different intersecting identities that make up the LGBTQ+ community. Instead of only focusing on yourselves during pride (yes, gays, you too), work to lift the voices of those less likely to be seen like our Trans* siblings and BIPOC members of our community.
Being willing to continue to grow in your allyship.
Being an ally doesn't end on June 30th each year, and neither should your willingness to learn and understand the complexities, ever-evolving needs, and overlapping identities within the LGBTQ+ community.