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  • Jordan Strate

Stand Up, Speak Out: How Be an LGBTQ+ Ally at Work

Updated: Jun 17

Being an ally means supporting and standing up for people in the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some simple ways employees and employers can be allies in the workplace.


LGBTQ+ Allies in the Workplace

1. Learn About LGBTQ+ Issues

Empathy is the first step to being a good ally. Take some time to learn about LGBTQ+ history and the challenges that LGBTQ+ people face. Reading books, watching films, or finding information online are helpful resources. Check out our blog on Understanding LGBTQ+ Terminology to start your journey. Knowing more helps you be more supportive.


2. Use Inclusive Language

Using the right words is important. Here are some tips:

  • Use "partner" instead of assuming "husband" or "wife."

  • Respect people's pronouns (he, she, they). If you're unsure, just ask politely.

  • Avoid making jokes or comments that might hurt someone’s feelings.


3. Speak Up Against Discrimination

If you see or hear something unfair, say something. It can be scary to speak up, but it's important. You can say, "That joke isn't funny" or "I don't think that's fair." Vocalizing your support makes a big difference.


4. Support LGBTQ+ Events

Show your support by participating in events during Pride Month. You can wear rainbow colours, join parades, or attend workshops. These events are fun and show that you care. Check our our blog on Inclusive Pride Events for Your Workplace.


5. Create Safe Spaces

Employers can create safe spaces by having policies against discrimination and by providing training on LGBTQ+ issues. Employee Resource Groups are an excellent tool for employers looking to create safe spaces. Employees can help by being welcoming and supportive. Everyone should feel safe and respected at work.


6. Listen and Learn

Sometimes, the best way to support someone is to be an active listener. If an LGBTQ+ colleague shares their story or talks about their experiences, listen carefully. Don’t interrupt or judge. Just let them know you care.


7. Be Respectful

Treat everyone with kindness and respect. If someone tells you they are LGBTQ+, thank them for trusting you. Keep their information private unless they say it's okay to share.


8. Educate Others

Share what you've learned with others. You can talk to your friends and family about how to be good allies too. The more people know, the better we can all support each other.


9. Celebrate Differences

Diversity makes workplaces stronger. Celebrate differences and appreciate what everyone brings to the table. Encourage others to do the same.


Being an effective LGBTQ+ ally means being kind, respectful, and supportive. Whether you're an employee or an employer, you can make your workplace a welcoming place for everyone. Let's work together to create a better, more inclusive world!

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