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5 ways to be an LGBTQ+ ally

Last month was #pridemonth and whilst I'm glad of this month long celebration of and support for the LGBTQ+ community it's important to remember that we need to be good allies all year round. Here's 5 ways you can do that:

Before I even start with the list: the best thing you can do is just treat everyone - regardless of gender or sexuality - with kindness and respect. I was going to make that point no1 but it seemed too basic! So let's assume that's the foundation from which the following points will be built on...


ONE:


Educate yourself. Learn the correct language to use, read up on LGBTQ+ history and understand the challenges LGBTQ+ community face. Be committed to ongoing learning. It's OK to make mistakes as you learn; just apologise, correct yourself and move on.



TWO:


Introduce yourself using your pronouns, even if you're not trans. This is such a simple way to tell people you are safe to be around. You can do this on your email signature, social media profiles and in person: "Hi, I'm Natalie and my pronouns are she/her."




THREE:


Call out homophobia and transphobia if you see it. Do not compromise your safety and don't feel you have to go on a crusade, but do tell people that their language is offensive or that their behaviour is harmful. Try to do this in a firm but non-judgemental way. You can report abuse & misrepresentation in the media via glaad.org



FOUR:


Diversify your bookshelf, Netflix watchlist, podcast playlist and social media feeds. The content doesn't necessarily have to have a sexuality or gender focus, it can just be the work you enjoy of an LGBTQ+ person.



FIVE:


Stand up for marginalised groups through your activism - sign petitions, attend protests and write to your MP. We've come a long way in terms of equality but there's still a way to go here in the UK and abroad.



Check out my free resources downloads for the LGBTQ+ community and for allies here. Includes where you can learn more about queer history and pronouns and TV/podcast/Instagram suggestions.

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