By Alex Gryciuk
Inclusive Target clothing lines, huge parades, abundant rainbow flags — June represents a month of self acceptance and pride; a time to celebrate community and uplift those around us. Many think that Pride month is only for people part of the LGBTQ+ community. However, it is a time for the rest of society to educate themselves and celebrate acceptance.
Especially during Pride Month, I am always looking to be more supportive of my peers. Although I will always have more to learn about in the community, here’s rules I’ve implemented into my life to be a better ally.
- Don’t ask questions.
Just accept someone for who they are. These are uncomfortable situations for both parties. You wouldn’t ask a random straight person on the street, so don’t ask anyone questions about their identity within the LGBTQ+ community.
- Respect pronouns.
You don’t like being called something you are not. So, why would anyone else? If someone has asked to be called a certain way, respect their wishes.
- Don’t use slurs.
This one goes without saying. Don’t use hateful words even if they aren’t directed at a person within the community.
- Educate yourself
By educating yourself on current events, new legislation, or information on specific communities, you can be more understanding and empathetic to those around you.
- Don’t care too much
Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is only a small part of one’s identity; you shouldn’t care. Focus on shared interests and character rather than who they identify as. We are all humans so does it really matter? No.