How to be a Good LGBTQ+ Ally


Isaura Funes

LGBTQ+ members have been a topic of discussion that’s typically avoided. People advocate for equality and inclusivity, but they don’t actively change their own behavior. One step in the right direction is being a supportive ally. 

One of the most important aspects of being an ally is understanding and using one’s correct pronouns. There are the most commonly used pronouns such as he/him, she/her, and they/them, but neopronouns are also used. Neopronouns are alternatives for those who don’t feel comfortable using commonly heard pronouns. These can include xe/xem and fae/faer along with many more. People are also able to create their own neopronouns. They are typically used by neurodivergents because they have a special relationship with gender. Allies also need to understand that if you are ever unsure about what someone’s pronouns are, the best route is to simply ask. 

Allies should take note that making jokes or teasing someone about their sexuality needs to be avoided. Ignorance is not bliss. More often than not queer people hear questions and comments like “Homosexuality is a choice.” and “Aren’t you a he?” These questions are extremely rude and are as offensive as using slurs. 

There is so much to cover when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, but this information will be a step in the right direction.