Updated: Sep 1
I have seen the scars, heard the stories, laughed with them, cried with them, held them tight when they needed to and given them their space. I have seen it all as an Ally. You can be straight and still be a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Be their friend, be an Ally. I still remember when I heard the word gay referenced as something wrong or dirty. I only remember the word as a synonym for happy. But there was something brewing, people would use it to tease guys who like to dress up in fancy clothes or girls who liked sweats more than dresses. Ah, childhood. That is when I realized that something needed to be done. And as fate would have it, in my late teens, I met a guy who spent his entire childhood fighting his uncle’s assaults and then was an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. His story broke my heart and the fact that there was so much wrong been done, made me wants to work harder towards the cause. The cause that everyone is equal. The fact that your worth or your reputation is not decided based on which gender you are in love with. The reality that everyone is free to love whomever they want to. Why should it be any different? And that is when I knew I had to be a part of helping the community in whichever way possible. So, everyone out there who wants to make a difference, go out there and help the community, be an ally, be their friend, just hear them out, when they want to and above all, accept them for who they are. There is nothing more beautiful than that. Here are a few things you can do as an ALLY. 😊
1- Speak out when you see people making fun of someone from the community.
2- Protect them from bullies, because not everyone can fight for themselves.
3- If someone from the community needs help, be there for them.
4- Sometimes just lend an ear, because that is all some want.
5- Appreciate and accept who they are and not judge them for their likes and dislikes.
6- Stay informed of the latest LGBTQ+ news and announcements.
7- Always speak about equality and promote it whenever you get a change.
8- Come out of the closet and tell people that you are an ally and support the community.
9- Respect everyone from the community. Hurtful comments, snide remarks, making faces are the worst thing you can do.
10- Be inclusive of everyone. There are people who have different orientations, likes, dislikes. Just be accepting.
Just do a little bit everyday and you will have more than you can ask for.