But to us, identifying as an ally isn’t a label—it is a term of empowerment. It is a state of being, an explanation of who someone is, and where their values lie. – PFLAG National
I am straight, that is, heterosexual. But I am also an ally to those who are not like me. Let me explain what being an ally means, taking some material from the booklet Guide to Being a Straight Ally.
“Allies want to learn.” I know that thinking about gender can be uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be. It is important to understand those who are not like you. It is called loving one another.
“Allies address their barriers.” You may have a roadblock to being openly and actively supportive of LGBTQ+ people. Facing it might teach you a little about yourself.
“Allies are people who know that support comes in many forms.” You can show support “through the language we use, conversations we choose to have, and signals that we send.”
At work, I wear a badge that identifies me as an ally. I am a Unitarian Universalist partly because they support LGBTQ+ rights.
“Allies are diverse.” There’s no one way to be an ally. Do what you can to support LGBTQ+ rights. Stand up for what’s right. Do the right thing.
Guide to Being a Straight Ally