LGBTQ+ Resources for Allies
for June 15, 2020
We have heard the term “ally” used quite a bit these past few weeks. But what does it mean exactly? An ally is simply a person or group of people that provides support to an effort or struggle. Allies can learn, listen, discuss, help bring recognition to a cause, march, donate, etc. Many groups fighting for justice around the world have groups of allies supporting them.
In 1996, over a stack of pancakes at IHOP, my father came out to me. For 46 years, my father was forced to live a life of secrets due to laws and societal norms at that time. I can’t begin to imagine the freedom he must have felt when he was finally able to live in his truth. In October 2016, during the global Spirit Day where we wore purple to show our support as allies for our LGBTQ+ colleagues, I turned to a co-worker and said, “If my father had grown up in a time where he felt supported like this, his life would have been very different”. That simple sentence began the journey of creating a LGBTQ+ Allies Group that is flourishing today. It can often take something so simple to make a lasting impact. You just have to begin the conversation. – Erin A.
We are in the midst of Pride Month supporting family, friends, and colleagues in the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equality and justice. For those of us that are allies, here are some resources to get started in learning more about how to support the LGBTQ+ community. Laws are changing, but hearts need to follow.