How to Be A Great Ally

By: Dr. Jon Paul Higgins
In an effort to protect and support the LGBTQ+ community, there are two types of people: those who are aware of the injustice the community faces (an ally) and those who do something about it (an accomplice). While it can be hard to distinguish when it is the right time to put some action behind your support, here are four ways to better help advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. 
 
Use Inclusive Language 
In the LGBTQ+ community, each identity plays a vital role in helping to define one’s identity. One of the most important things you can do to help LGBTQ+ people feel validated is working to understand the community's language and the importance it has in shaping how LGBTQ+ people view themselves. Reading and asking questions about terminology in the community is the best way to show that you support their needs.
 
Work to Better Understand the Struggle
Understanding that there is a long history of injustice toward LGBTQ+ people can often help ...

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