As the seasons begin to change and summer takes shape, we are reminded of the impending events that help celebrate and strengthen the LGBTQ2S+ community. With that comes the rise of straight identifying individuals who choose to stand up as allies for the community. But what does being an ally really mean? How does one show up in a respectful way? And why is it important that an ally take the time to understand the responsibilities of their role? We connected with The 519 Senior Consultant and Special Projects spokesperson, Jacq Hixson-Vulpe to gain a better understanding of how to be a respectful LGBTQ2S+ ally beyond the typical months of celebration. Because standing up for those in the community is a commitment you should make all year long.
Understand that it’s not about you
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Neutralize your language and your responses
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Apply the correct neutral language
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Research to learn about adversity
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Attend specific LGBTQ2S+ events
Know which behaviours to avoid
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Be open to unlearning and relearning
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Interpret the correct way to show up
Change old behaviours
Educate yourself before you show up
Rely on other other allies to learn and grow
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