What does it mean to be a good ally?
Being aware of your privilege and that your lived experience may not be the same as someone else’s.
Educating yourself on the challenges faced by the LGBT+ Community, as well as other marginalised community - possessing an intersectional identity means someone belongs to multiple marginalised communities (e.g. a bi disabled person, or a Black Trans Woman.)
Having open & honest conversations with LGBT+ individuals to supplement your self-education and sharing learnings with other allies.
Building your own sense community at the intersections of different identity groups – this could be an existing group, or you could start one of your own. Meeting new people means that we can expand our horizons and awareness. Sharing interests with others is always key to make new, meaningful connections.
Acknowledging that there is always more learning to do!
When might someone need an ally?
Members of marginalised communities need allies in everyday life, not just when they are in vulnerable situations. Vulnerability could look like verbal, psychological or physical abuse - or it may simply be when someone receives a negative comment that validates stigma, prejudice, or discrimination. It could be passed off as “a joke”, but if it makes you feel awkward and is made at the expense of someone else it’s more likely to be a microagression. As an active ally, take initiative and reach out to offer your support even when things seem good, not just in moments of crisis. Allies lift people up, celebrate others, and fundamentally share their power.