This time of year is dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community. Whether you identify as LGBTQ or are an ally, you can join in the celebration of love. If you are an ally this blog is here to provide you information on how to become an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
Being an ‘ally’ is a concept originally developed in reference to supporting the LGBTQ+ community, however, it can also be applied to many social issues. You can become an ally by supporting LGBTQ+ businesses and organizations, by purchasing literature written by Queer-identifying members, and through a personal donation to their causes. You can also educate yourself on the true history and impact that LGBTQ+ individuals face and the importance of pride month.
Recent statistics show that 48% of LGBTQ+ youth have seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, versus 13% of heterosexual youth. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and substance abuse are also more prevalent among LGBTQ+ adolescents than heterosexual adolescents.
Getting informed, giving your support, and joining in on celebrations can go a long way for individuals within the community as well as changing the way society views allyship. Together we can move forward in a way that brings love and acceptance into everyone’s every day. However, in order to get there, we need to make pride acknowledgment every day, not just one month a year.
Here are some questions to consider in your allyship:
- What does allyship mean to you?
- How are you an ally, in what ways do people know that you are?
- What have you learned this month about the history or impact that the LGBTQ community is facing?
Thank you for reading and please share with everyone!