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What is an Ally?

LGBTQ Allies strive to make the culture of a campus more aware and accepting of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals.

An Ally strives to...

  • be a friend
  • be a listener
  • be open-minded
  • have their own opinions
  • be willing to talk
  • recognize their personal boundaries
  • join others with a common purpose
  • believe that all persons regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression should be treated with dignity and respect
  • recognize when to refer an individual to additional resources
  • confront their own prejudices
  • engage in the process of developing a culture free of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism
  • recognize their mistakes, but not use them as an excuse for inaction
  • be responsible for empowering their role in a community, particularly as it relates to responding to homophobia or transphobia
  • recognize the legal powers and privileges that cisgender straight people have and which LGBTQ people are denied
  • support the Ally program they are a part of 
  • commit themselves to personal growth in spite of the discomfort it may sometimes cause