What is an LGBTIQA+ ally? 

What is an ally and why is it important? 

An ally, by definition, is someone who supports and encourages others. In the LGBTIQA+ community, it refers to someone who advocates for equal rights and treatment and tries to make the world a better place for those that identify as LGBTIQA+. 

So, how can you be a good ally? 

 

Listen and stay informed 

Educate yourself about issues faced by the community. Stay up to date with the news and any LGBTIQA+ events in your neighbourhood and listen to your LGBTIQA+ friends. Be open to continual learning. 

 

Speak up 

Anti-LBGTIQA+ jokes can be harmful. If you hear your friends, colleagues and family making derogatory or insulting jokes, have an open conversation with them about why you don’t like it. If you see something, say something. 

 

Don’t be too hard on yourself 

While it’s important to know that language matters, and it’s important to use inclusive terms, sometimes you may mess up, and that’s OK. If you assumed someone’s label or use the wrong pronoun, own your mistake and correct yourself.  

Here are some more resources that outline how to be a good ally: