According lớn Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, an ally is someone “joined with another for a common purpose.”

Being an ally with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, & asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals is the process of working khổng lồ develop individual attitudes, institutions, & culture in which LGBTQIA people feel they are valued. This work is motivated by an enlightened self-interest to over homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, và cisgenderism (J. Jay Scott và Vernon Wall, 1991).

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An ally is a person who works both to facilitate the development of all students around issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, và gender expression and to improve sầu the experience of LGBTQIA people. Allies can identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, cisgender, intersex, queer, questioning, or heterosexual. The University of has several Ally networks. Allies are invited khổng lồ join any và all that seem appropriate. And if there isn’t a group that fits you, please talk to Leslie Morrow about starting one.

Persons affiliated with the ally network can be identified by the Ally Network posters. This network includes queer-friendly và queer-identified faculty, staff and students who provide safe space and support for the LGBTQIA campus community.

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An ally khổng lồ LGBTQIA individuals is a person who:

Believes that it is in their self-interest khổng lồ be an ally khổng lồ LGBTQIA individuals.Has worked to lớn develop an understanding of LGBTQIA issues. Works khổng lồ be comfortable with their knowledge of gender identity and sexual orientationIs comfortable saying the words “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” & “transgender.”Works to understvà how patterns of oppression operate, và is willing to lớn identify oppressive acts and challenge the oppressive sầu behaviors of others.Works to lớn be an ally to lớn all oppressed groups.Finds a way that feels personally congruent khổng lồ confront /combat homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and cisgenderism.Similar khổng lồ how an LGBTQIA person “comes out of the clophối,” an ally “comes out” as an ally by publicly acknowledging her/his support for LGBTQIA people & issues.Chooses to align with LGBTQIA individuals, and represents their needs — especially when they are unable to bởi vì so themselves.Expects to lớn make some mistakes and does not give sầu up when things become discouraging.Promotes a sense of community with LGBTQIA individuals, và teaches others about the importance of these communities. Encourages others to lớn also provide advocacy.Is aware that they may be called the same names và be harassed in similar ways khổng lồ those whom they are defending. Whenever possible, a heterosexual ally avoids “credentializing,” which involves disclosing their heterosexual identity in order khổng lồ avoid negative or unpleasant assumptions or situations.Works to lớn address/confront individuals without being defensive sầu, sarcastic, or threatening.

Benefits of Being an Ally

You open yourself up to lớn the possibility of close relationships with an additional 10% of the world.You become less locked inkhổng lồ gender role stereotypes.You increase your ability khổng lồ have sầu cthảm bại & loving relationships with friends of all genders.You have sầu opportunities lớn learn from, teach, and have an impact on a population with whom you might not otherwise interact.You may make a profound difference in the life of someone you love sầu who finds something positive sầu in their sexual & gender identity.

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Four Steps to Becoming an Ally lớn LGBTQIA People

Awareness/Accessing Resources: Become aware of who you are and how you are different from & similar khổng lồ LGBTQIA people. Such awareness can be gained through conversations with LGBTQIA individuals, reading about LGBTQIA people và their lives, attending awareness building workshops và meetings, và by self-examination.Knowledge/Education: Become educated on the issues, knowing facts, statistics, laws, policies and culture of LGBTQIA people.Creating an mở cửa and Supportive sầu Environment: Encourage & promote an atmosphere of respect. Acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate differences among mỏi individuals và within groups. Be a safe and open person to talk with. Join one of the campus Ally Networks.Take Action: Teach, nói qua your knowledge. Action is the only way to change society as a whole. St& up for & fight for human rights.