poster for International day against homophobia and transphobia 2016 : Allies show their colors

What's an ally ?

 

Everyone can be an ally

An ally is generally a heterosexual person who supports people of different sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, with an eye to contributing to their well-being or to a greater acceptance of their realities. Allies can also include LGBT people who support one another or who take part in ally groups (Brooks and Edwards, 2009).

What will other people think ?

In certain settings, a person who becomes an ally may end up experiencing homophobia or transphobia by association. If this is your case, make it clear that you are an ally. Also, arm yourself with patience and understanding, and be confident about the long-term benefits of asserting yourself as an ally. It is possible that the heterosexual people around you need time to open up to certain realities that they were never made aware of. But the actions of allies will gradually bear fruit and have a big impact on the lives of LGBT people.

Why be an ally ?

As sexual and gender-identity minorities, LGBT people often feel alone in dealing with homophobia and transphobia. All too often, those who witness homophobic or transphobic acts or language don’t dare to intervene.

Allies play an indispensable role, as their support aims to counter discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes in different environments. In addition, on a personal level, becoming an ally can be an enriching experience.

On May 17th : Show your colours !

May 17th is the perfect time to : 

  • Hang posters to raise awareness of LGBT issues and prevent homophobia and transphobia

  • Put "ALLY" stickers on the door of your office, on your bag, etc.

  • Make a personal commitment to be a better ally for the coming year (you can look at suggestions below, or read one of the many advice articles available to allies on the Internet)

Did you know ?

A study done at a university in the United States in 2008 showed that 81% of LGBTQ students said they were more likely to come out to a faculty member who had an ally sticker and 78% said they were more comfortable in their class.

Source

 

What can you do ?

Learn

Act

Think

Listen

Show off

React

 

Survey results

How do people react to disparaging remarks and disrespectful behaviour towards LGBT people ?

According to our 2015 survey : 

• The majority of Canadians surveyed say they have already witnessed offensive remarks (jokes, nicknames, insults, etc.) or disrespectful behavior towards LGBT people in everyday life (72%) or on the Internet (63%).

• Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the witnesses say they intervene when faced with homophobia in everyday life, but less than half (44%) say they do so when it happens on the Internet.

• Two-thirds (68%) of respondents consider that it is easy for a heterosexual person to openly show their support for LGBT people in their immediate circle, 31% considering this very easy.

 

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