Guide to Allyship: Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community Beyond Pride Month

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Guide to Allyship: Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community Beyond Pride Month

Pride month is a time to show your support to the LGBTQ+ community. It commemorates the years of struggle and advocacy for equal rights, as well as acknowledges the strides that have been made towards acceptance and inclusion. It's an opportunity to amplify the voices of those from the community and contribute to the ongoing fight for equality.

Pride month isn't only for those belonging to the LGBTQ+ community; it's also for everyone else who can show their support and contribute to the creation of an equitable society. As much as it is a celebration of how far we've come, it is also a recognition of the constant fight for equal rights that is being fought. While significant progress has been made in many parts of the world, the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance is far from over. Ongoing advocacy is crucial to ensure that future generations can come out and live without fear of discrimination or violence. Allyship during Pride Month plays an important role in fulfilling this.

Being an ally is necessary, not only during pride month but all year round. Let's take a look at who is an ally and how you can become one.

What Does it Mean to be an Ally?  

In simple terms, an ally is someone who is 'on your side'. When we talk about LGBTQ+ community allies, anyone who supports, educates themselves, and speaks out and advocates for LGBTQIA+ people and/or community is considered an ally. They are also called straight allies, as they are heterosexual and cisgender persons.

Allyship is important because allies can utilize their privilege to support marginalized communities. By standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, allies can help challenge discrimination, raise awareness, and create a culture of acceptance.

If you are someone who actively supports LGBTQ+ rights and believes that people from the community deserve to be treated the same as everyone else, you are already an ally. As an ally, it is extremely important to remember that your role matters. Something as simple as standing up for someone who identifies as LGBTQ+ can go a long way in showing your solidarity and support.

How to be an Active Ally: 8 Easy-to-Follow Tips

There are some ways to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community in a better manner. Partaking in these simple practices can help you actively show your support. Here are some of these:

Educate Yourself

The first step to be able to show your support and advocacy is to be educated on ongoing topics and the history of the community. Keep up-to-date with current issues and challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community. You can do this by following reputable news sources, LGBTQ+ organizations, and social media accounts, as well as keeping yourself updated with the most recent news about ongoing advocacy efforts and policy changes. You can also watch documentaries, read books, and explore online resources to deepen your knowledge of the history of the community.

Use the Right Language

The language you choose to use plays a very big role. Language evolves to reflect social changes and growing understanding. Using updated and accurate terms shows awareness of and respect for these changes. Using the right language, like the correct names, pronouns, and terms, validates and affirms individuals' identities, demonstrating respect for who they are. Familiarizing yourself with LGBTQ+ terminology and concepts, including different sexual orientations and gender identities, will help you communicate respectfully and accurately. If you are unsure of how to address someone, such as what pronouns to refer to someone with, it's always okay to ask as long as you are willing to learn.

Listen and Learn

As an ally, you have the power to listen, learn, and amplify LGBTQ+ voices. Participating in Pride Month events, such as parades, workshops, and panel discussions, can give you an opportunity to hear directly from LGBTQ+ individuals and learn about their experiences. Active listening in itself is a great way to show your support. Provide empathy and show your effort by listening while remembering to avoid passing judgment. You can also use your platform to share and promote content created by LGBTQ+ individuals to also educate others.

Recognize Your Biases

Every person has different experiences; it's important to remember not to generalize. Make a conscious effort to seek out different voices and perspectives. Internalized biases and such can come into play, but avoid making assumptions about people's identities. It is necessary to realize the presence of these biases and work towards overcoming them.

Recognize the privileges you hold and how they may influence your perspective. Use your privilege to advocate for those who may not have the same opportunities or voice. Reflect on any unconscious biases you may have and actively work to challenge and overcome them. This is an ongoing process that requires self-awareness and commitment. Be willing to receive constructive feedback and use it to improve your allyship and make positive changes.

Provide Mental Health Support 

Often, in the face of challenges and discrimination, the one thing that takes a big hit is the mental health of a person. LGBTQ+ individuals face unique mental health challenges due to stigma and discrimination. In such circumstances, offering your support and understanding and providing a listening ear can be a great help. Help connect LGBTQ+ individuals with mental health resources, such as support groups, crisis hotlines, and other resources. If they require professional mental health support, look for queer affirmative therapists who can provide a safe space and help them through their challenges.


Remember, it is important to take care of yourself and your own mental health in the process to ensure you can continue to provide support effectively.

Speak up Against Homophobia and Transphobia

When you witness discrimination or harmful behavior, speak up and challenge homophobia and transphobia. This includes addressing derogatory language, jokes, or stereotypes. Silence can be interpreted as acceptance, so use your voice to stand against prejudice. Advocate for policies and legislation that protect LGBTQ+ rights. This includes supporting anti-discrimination laws, marriage equality, and access to healthcare for transgender individuals.

Create Inclusive Spaces

Generating inclusion involves creating environments where all individuals feel valued, respected, and supported, regardless of their background, identity, or abilities. Creating inclusive spaces comes from providing a welcoming environment to those who identify as LGBTQ+. You can do this by ensuring your language is inclusive and respectful. Use people's chosen names and pronouns, and avoid assumptions about someone's gender or sexual orientation. Encourage inclusive practices in your workplace, school, or community groups. This can include implementing non-discrimination policies, offering diversity training, and creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Show Your Support All Year Long

Stay committed to learning and growing as an ally. The landscape of LGBTQ+ issues is constantly evolving, and ongoing education is essential. This is essential to help create environments where young LGBTQ+ individuals feel safe, accepted, and empowered. Remember that allyship is a year-round commitment. Continue to support and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion long after Pride Month has ended.

Continue to Show Your Support!

Being an ally during Pride Month and beyond involves a combination of education, action, and empathy. By listening to LGBTQ+ voices, challenging discrimination, creating inclusive spaces, and supporting LGBTQ+ organizations, you can make a meaningful difference. Allyship is a continuous journey of learning and growth, and your efforts contribute to building a more inclusive and equitable world for everyone. Remember, your support and solidarity can have a profound impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals, creating a society where everyone can live authentically and with pride.

Solh Wellness can be your companion along the way of allyship. Explore a range of self-help resources, including educational and informative content. Connect with a like-minded community through our support groups, share your experiences, and provide your support. If you or someone you know requires help, you can look for inclusive and queer-affirmative mental health professionals who can provide a space for you.

Let's continue to support the ongoing journey towards equality and inclusion for all. Happy pride month!