What is an LGBTQIA+ ally, and how can i be one?

Katy Kandaris-Weiner, LPC

Being an ally is the key to ensuring the world is a positive place for everyone. One would hope being an ally is something all people would want to be, but unfortunately, that’s not the reality. In a world where not all people feel welcome, taking steps to ensure you act as an ally is one of the best things you can do.

What is an ally?

An ally is someone who supports those who identify as LGBTQIA+. They stand up for others and shut down homophobia when they see it. LGBTQIA+ allies are typically cisgender and heterosexual. Even though they do not face the same discrimination and hate that this community so often receives, they are willing to do their part to stop it.

Many people want LGBTQIA+ people to feel safe and comfortable in everyday life, but allies put in the effort to ensure they do. While you may never fully understand the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people, you should not let this hold you back from making positive change. Being an ally means you are okay with taking on this never-ending learning process. They are committed to trying to be better every single day.

How to be an ally?

Wanting to be a better ally is a great thing. Figuring out what is necessary to be an ally is half of the battle. One of the most important ways to be an ally is to speak up for LGBTQIA+ people, even if it gets uncomfortable. Sometimes this means standing up to friends and family.

Being an ally means listening to LGBTQIA+ people, amplifying their voices, and researching related topics regularly. The list of ways to be an ally is endless. The important thing is that you are taking steps in that direction.

Some of the best ways to be an ally are to:

  • Speak up for those around you
  • Shut down homophobic comments and jokes
  • Listen and learn from LGBTQIA+ people
  • Get involved
  • Donate to an organization that helps LGBTQIA+ people
  • Continue to educate yourself
  • Be okay with feeling uncomfortable
  • Understand that it is not about you
  • Support LGBTQIA+ artists, authors, and more
  • Register to vote

Take advantage of the many resources out there, such as the ones available from GLAAD.

Here at Inner Balance, we strive to be the best LGBTQIA+ allies we can be.

We care about the LGBTQIA+ community and want them to get the service they need. Turning people away or providing poor service based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity is never okay. At Inner Balance, we have licensed therapists with extensive training with the LGBTQIA+ community.

We know that the LGBTQIA+ community faces unique struggles, and we want to do our part to help you conquer them. We want you to feel understood, accepted, and happy with who you are. We are here to help you assess your situation and navigate the trials of life.

If you are on the lookout for insurance-based counseling and want to find a therapist that does not pass judgment, look no further. Request a consultation today.

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Katy Kandaris-Weiner, LPC

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