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10 Things Allies can do during Pride Month and Beyond!




We are in June, Pride Month, the month when we see rainbow-coloured flags everywhere, LGBTQ+ friendly adverts on TV, and pride merchandise in shops. Then it's all packed away on the 30th of June, waiting to come out again on the 1st of June next year. But how, as allies, can we stop this performative action from continually repeating itself each year?

 

Pride Month is an important time for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to celebrate, reflect, and advocate for equal rights. Here are ten ways allies can show support and make a positive impact:

 

1. Educate Yourself

   - Take the time to learn about LGBTQ+ history, key figures, and the ongoing struggles faced by the community. Understanding the context can deepen your empathy and advocacy efforts.

 

2. Attend Pride Events

   - Show your support by participating in Pride parades, festivals, and other events. Your presence not only celebrates the community but also demonstrates solidarity.

 

3. Support LGBTQ+ Businesses

   - Make a conscious effort to shop at businesses owned by LGBTQ+ individuals. This support helps boost their visibility and economic stability.

 

4. Donate to LGBTQ+ Organisations

   - Contribute to nonprofits that advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and provide essential services. Consider your local LGBTQ+ centres.

 

5. Use Inclusive Language

   - Be mindful of your language and pronouns. Using inclusive and respectful language shows your commitment to recognising and valuing everyone’s identity.

 

6. Amplify LGBTQ+ Voices

   - Share content from LGBTQ+ creators, activists, and organisations on your social media platforms. Amplifying their voices helps raise awareness and visibility.

 

7. Be Informed

Being a good ally during Pride Month starts with being informed, and a key part of this is active listening. Begin by engaging with the LGBTQ+ individuals in your own life, creating a safe and supportive environment where they feel heard and respected. It's important to remember that it’s okay not to understand everything right away—embrace the discomfort that comes with self-learning and asking questions. However, be mindful not to pressure anyone into discussing their identity if they are not comfortable doing so.

 

 

8. Volunteer Your Time

   - Offer your time and skills to local LGBTQ+ organizations. Volunteering can make a significant impact and shows your dedication to supporting the community.

 

9. Advocate for Inclusive Policies

   - Use your voice to advocate for policies that protect LGBTQ+ rights. This can include supporting non-discrimination laws, marriage equality, and access to healthcare.

 

10. Engage in Conversations

   - Have open and supportive conversations with friends, family, and colleagues about LGBTQ+ issues. Educating others and fostering understanding can help reduce prejudice and discrimination.

 

 

Understand Your WHY

 

Why Allyship is Important and a Lifelong Journey

 

Allyship is not just a one-month commitment during Pride Month but a lifelong journey of support and advocacy. Understanding your 'why'—the reasons behind your commitment to allyship—helps sustain your efforts and ensures they are grounded in genuine respect and empathy for the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Allyship is crucial because it:

 

·      Promotes Equality: Actively supporting LGBTQ+ rights, helps combat discrimination and promote equality.

·      Builds Inclusive Communities: Allyship fosters inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

·      Encourages Lifelong Learning: Being an ally means continuously educating yourself and others about LGBTQ+ issues.

·      Creates Lasting Change: Sustained allyship contributes to long-term social and legislative changes that benefit the LGBTQ+ community.

 

By taking these actions, allies can contribute to a more inclusive and supportive environment for the LGBTQ+ community, not just during Pride Month, but all year round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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