What is an Ally?

An ally is a person who is a member of a dominant group who works to end oppression in their own personal and professional life by supporting and advocating with an oppressed population.


How to be an Ally

  • Be a listener.       
  • Be open-minded.
  • Be willing to talk.
  • Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
  • Don't assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight or cisgender. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
  • Anti-LGBT comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
    Confront your own prejudices and biases, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  • Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.
  • Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.