Pride month has come to an end. To Huffington Post, travel writer and LBTQIA+ activist Meg Cale said, “Pride is equal parts protest, celebration and family reunion.”
Although there is a lot to celebrate about, protesting cannot come to an end.
Here are six ways to be a good LGBTQIA+ ally.
1 Understanding How Pride Started
On June 28, 1969, outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York, a fight broke out. Frustrated with constant harrassment by the police and lack of acceptance from society, the people inside fought back to the police who were making protests.
This protest, called the Stonewall Riots or Stonewall Uprising, led to the formation of International Gay Rights Movement. This protest is also why June is the Pride month.
It is also important to remember that Pride is not limited to just gay people.
2 Familiarize Yourself With The LGBTQIA+ Range
It is important to know what constitues the LGBTQIA+, and to respect them all. There is a lack of acceptance, underrepresentation and ignorance for bisexuals, demisexuals, and pansexuals.
3 Use Suitable Pronouns
The most simple way to be a good ally is using the preffered pronoun of the person. If you do not know, just ask.
If you use the incorrect pronoun, do not forget to apologize.
4 Recognize Your Privilege
A reminder to cis gendered heterosexuals- understand that it is okay to have privilege. When someone tells you that you have privilege, they are not trying to say you do not have any problems.
Having privilege gives you a platform from where you can spread awareness for your LGBTQIA+ friends, amplify their voices.
5 Speak Up Against Prejudice
Having a platform also means that you can stand up for your friends. Whether it is at your workplace or even at home, educate other people about what you know.