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Pride Month 2024: How to be an effective ally for the LGBTQ+ community

As we celebrate Pride Month this June, allies can be a powerful source of support for the LGBTQ+ community. A recent four-year project by the found that three components are commonly cited by LGBTQ+ people for effective allyship: being accepting, having humility and taking action.

Here are some suggestions to help ensure those components are part of your allyship 鈥 not just during Pride Month but beyond:

Being accepting

  • Let your LGBTQ+ friends for discussing their identity.
  • Assure them that disclosing their orientation or identity doesn鈥檛 change your feelings for them.
  • Don鈥檛 assume that LGBTQ+ people are homogeneous. and distinct identities.

Having humility

  • Be a good listener. Listen more than you speak during discussions of LGBTQ+ issues.
  • Be open to learning. Accept feedback and correction during matters.
  • Don鈥檛 assume that because an LGBTQ+ person has come out to you, that they鈥檙e out to everyone. They should control when and to whom they come out.
  • Listen to the terms LGBTQ+ people use to describe themselves. Never assume you know their preferred pronouns. Introducing yourself with your pronouns is a that provides an opportunity for a person to share their pronouns.

Taking action

  • Be engaged in local government. Show up at school boards and state legislatures. This is where anti-LGBTQ+ laws and regulations are created. Don鈥檛 let them pass unchecked. Speak out.
  • that honor and support the LGBTQ+ community. Plan or share details about events that will educate allies about the issues and daily struggles affecting LGBTQ+ people.
  • When you hear offensive remarks or jokes, say something. why they are harmful and offensive.
  • Refuse to do business or work at places that discriminate. Use to identify and support businesses that welcome LGBTQ+ people.
  • Support political candidates who are LGBTQ+ allies.

Illustration at top: Three components are commonly cited by LGBTQ+ people for effective allyship: being accepting, having humility and taking action.


Here are additional resources where you can learn more:

  • from the Trevor Project
  • from the Matthew Shepard Foundation
  • report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • resource from PFLAG