A Better Ally 

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.  

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.