You don’t have to be part of the LGBTQ+ community to support them, or to commemorate Pride Month. If you’re straight—that is, heterosexual and/or cisgender—and you believe in the fight for equality, inclusivity, and representation, then you could be on your way to being an ally for the community.
Of course, being an ally doesn’t just stop at denouncing homophobia and promoting trans rights. Allying with the LGBT community means getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. You’re going to have tough conversations. You’ll need to actively listen, constantly learn, and continue to educate. Not sure how that checks out? We asked members of the community about allyship and using straight privilege to help them in their fight for equality.
Here’s how you can show the LGBT community more love and support this Pride Month.
Leave behind the auto-labeling
You can be an LGBTQ+ ally by simply respecting someone’s SOGIE and not quickly labeling them by the way they talk or dress. Say if someone wears makeup, don’t automatically label them as gay. Respect how they want to be addressed. You can also show support by listening to their issues and joining in their fight towards equality.
– Lem Taruc