Happy Pride Month Warriors!
As we near the end of June, we want to remind everyone that even though Pride Month is coming to an end, your advocacy, support, and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community should never end! Here are some of the ways you can continuously work to be a better ally for the LGBTQ+ community.
We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.
One of the most important things you can do is consistently and actively educate yourself on LGBTQ+ rights and history. This can involve many different things, such as listening to the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals, learning about gender identity and sexual orientation, watching informative LGBTQ+ documentaries and movies, and becoming familiar with the terms and definitions commonly used within the community.
It can be overwhelming when trying to figure out where to start, but the most important thing is that you do start. Why not try researching some of these important LGBTQ+ topics:
- Stonewall Riots
- Pride began with a protest: how gay rights are connected to Black Lives Matter
- LGBTQ+ History in Canada
- History of Indigenous Two-Spirit People
- Pride Toronto
Practice Inclusive Language
Practicing inclusive language, such as the proper use of pronouns and gender-neutral language, is an incredibly important tool to help ensure allyship and respect. Here are some resources to help you learn how to be respectful and understanding of others’ identities, names, and pronouns:
- Gender Pronouns and Teaching
- The Gender Unicorn and LGBTQ+ Definitions
- Gender Inclusive Language Tips
- Pronouns Matter
Actively Show Support
There is always something you can do to show your support and allyship, no matter how big or small. Call out homophobic and transphobic language, share informative and inclusive resources on social media to help educate others, and be present at LGBTQ+ events, such as Pride. Use your voice to show your support and be unapologetically loud when it comes to addressing and challenging discrimination and injustice, both in your own community and on a global scale. We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the gay rights movement, but the fight for equality and inclusivity isn’t over yet.
Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.
- Glow Centre
- Clubs (e.g. UW Drag Club)
- Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion Office
- Gender Affirmative Health Care
- Gender Inclusive Washrooms