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I delayed posting this on the 1st of June - Pride Month, because I knew that there would be plethora of posts about Pride. But what does it really mean to be an Active Ally for the LGBTQ+ Community?

Being an Ally is just not for 1day or 1week or 1 year. Active Allyship means that we should be Active Allies ALL the time. Allies can be some of the most effective and powerful voices for the LGBTQ+ Community but you have to be consistent, active and do a lot of self work.

So below are a few tips, to help you on your Active Allyship Journey. It is going to be hard work. YOU have to put in the work. And this is what stops many people from being effective Active Allies.

So firstly, understand what an Ally is. An Ally is someone who uses their power and privilege to advocate for people with marginalised identities.

But also remember that Allyship is also:

  1. Self Education

  2. Listening

  3. Having difficult conversations an creating safe spaces at work to have these conversations

  4. Acknowledging your privilege and using you privilege to create change

  5. Being Brave and Bold

  6. Speaking up when you see or hear an injustice

  7. Staying engaged - even after pride month ends

  8. Using your platform to create positive change

  9. Learning - from your mistakes

  10. Confronting your won prejudices and bias

  11. Knowing that language matters

Allyship is a life long journey with no end. It just takes one person to be an active and other employees step up. So remember, LGBTQ+ Allyship is not just about the rainbow flags and the month of June, think of it as an ACTION 365 days of the year!

Over the Months of June, July and August, I am running Active Allyship Workshops. Speak to your organisation about coming on one of the workshops and bring a colleague. for further details, contact me chikere@inclucive.co.uk

Remember, Allyship is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Today marks two years since George Floyd's brutal murder but how much change has really happened? How much has your organisation done? How much have you done to create change? I don't have much to say, just that George Floyd's death still hurts a lot, change has been slow and organisations need to be doing more.

In the midst of the pandemic, George Floyd was brutally murdered on the 25th of May 2020 and the world woke up! But many Black and Brown people where not surprised because the racism and injustice faced by many of us is nothing new and has been going on for centuries. I often wonder about the organisations who scrambled to make statements against racism and injustice and put out solidarity statements. What have they achieved? If I had to do an audit, what would I find? Many pledged millions in the promise to fight racism and commit to concrete change but what has happened since?

But two years on, what changes has there been within your organisation? Has your organisation got Diversity Fatigue? Systemic racism is endemic within our society and organisations still today. Eradicating racial biases and doing the foundational educational work to make change happen is important but many organisation are scared to even begin to tackle racism within their organisation or just can't be bothered.


So what needs to happen? It's simple, organisations need to commit to Action.

Employees need to commit to Action. Many Black and Brown employees and Allies are fed up with talk that leads to nothing, performative actions and weak promises. Much more needs to be done to fight systemic racism and become an Anti Racist Organisation. After all, we know that improving diversity and inclusion is good business and the right thing to do. So what's stopping many organisations?

So, how do you build an Anti Racist Organisation and commit to long term sustainable change?

Its simple:

  1. Stop being afraid and get on with it

  2. Stop saying "I don't know where to start"

  3. Understand what it means to be an Anti Racist organisation

  4. Get educating yourself and your employees - YES on Racism, White Privilege and Microaggressions

  5. Don't burden your Black and Brown employees with the diversity work - because you expect them to want to do it

  6. Ask questions but don't always expect answers

  7. Commit to creating change - long term

  8. Make DEI a business imperative

  9. Ensure every employee is committed - yes INCLUDING Senior Leaders

  10. Actively listen and learn

  11. Make this work EVERYONES responsibility

  12. Listen to me when I say you have to do the Foundational work first

  13. Create safe spaces to have conversations

  14. Educate your leaders and Employees and encourage self education

  15. Hold open forums to encourage dialogue

  16. Audit the company's culture

  17. Understand that this journey you are on will never end - Yes I know it sounds morbid - but it is not going to end.

We need Action and positive change NOW!

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I am Chikere Igbokwe - Founder of Inclucive - DEI Consultancy and Allyship Community and Bookclub. Using my platform to amplify voices and creating spaces, that are free of bias, discriminations and stereotypes. A world where Every Woman can feel authentic and true self. A world where difference is valued.

Click here to find out about me and how I started Inclucive. Thank you to Tray Durrant from Bain and Gray for our conversation.

How are you going #BreaktheBias?

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