An ally is a member of a dominant or advantaged social group who takes action against social injustice, discrimination, or prejudice that is directed at a minoritzed group or groups. Examples include, but are not limited to: white people taking action against racism, men taking action against sexism, straight people taking action against heterosexism and homophobia, queer people taking action against cissexism, and able-bodied people taking action against ableism.
How to be an LGBTQ+ ally at EWU?
There are a lot of ways to be an ally to LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff at EWU. Visit the Pride Center, attend Pride Center events, and participate in the Welcoming Project Ally Training. Contact the Pride Center for more information about ally training.
Here are some other ways you can be an LGBTQ+ ally:
1. Avoid making assumptions about how someone identifies or the pronouns they use. Ask respectfully if you need clarification.
2. Do not ever “out” anyone (disclose a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity without their consent). Just because you might know does not necessarily mean they have shared this information with others.
3. Take a stand and speak up against prejudice and discrimination, even when people from the target group are not present.
4. Avoid participating in anti-LGBTQ+ jokes and conversations. Don’t join in on the laughter.
5. Use inclusive language, like “partner,” instead of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.”
6. Educate yourself: read, learn, and ask questions.
7. Educate others.
8. Acknowledge and take responsibility for your own actions, socialization, prejudices, and privileges.
9. Recognize where your biases are coming from and how they impact your thoughts and actions.
10. Get to know people who are different from you.