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How to be an ally

IbyIMD+ Published 21 June 2021 in Brain Circuits • 2 min read

Everyone wants to be an ally, especially during the pride month. Still, allyship is commitment. Here are five behaviours of a great ally.

Listen to understand. You may be completely supportive of LGBTQ+ issues. But it’s a step change to understand deeply the issues people in this group may face on a daily basis. A great ally takes time to understand the discrimination and violence that their friends or colleagues may face in their lives. In fact, you can be that secure base for the vulnerable group. Offer to listen without judgement.

Don’t make assumptions on someone’s personal life. One of the things LGBTQ+ are often confronted with particularly when starting a new job is questions about their personal life. These questions are normal to get to know someone. But don’t assume the status of someone’s partner. As innocent as questions about a person’s wife/husband may lead to a framing…

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