Being an ally matters.
It involves accepting and respecting individuals for the choices that shape their existence. It means standing alongside those who face discrimination, marginalisation, and prejudice, and saying, "I am here to support you."
Because not everyone experiences the world in the same way.
When we talk about being an LGBTQ+ ally at work, it extends beyond being supportive; it involves being a friend, advocate, and champion. Allies recognise the significance of creating an environment where everyone feels accepted for who they are. Your support can make a world of difference to someone's confidence and well-being.
It can also create a sense of comfort.
And we’re not just saying this for the sake of it. As per the Deloitte survey titled LGBTQ+ Inclusion @Work, an overwhelming 82% of LGBTQ+ employees from around the world shared that having allies in the workplace makes them feel more comfortable being open about their gender identity.
Take for instance, the evolution of the acronym itself. Back in the 1990’s, it was referred to as ‘LGB’ and now, with the umbrella term expanding to ‘LGBTQIA+’, the recognition of identity has matured with time.
The first step to being an ally is educating yourself.
Learn more about the terminology, and the challenges faced by the community. Encourage your colleagues and the wider community to engage in diversity training and awareness programs. By increasing awareness, you can debunk stereotypes, challenge biases, and create a more inclusive workplace.
Remember, awareness follows action.
Being an ally means being prepared to stand up and speak out against discrimination. If you witness any form of LGBTQ+ discrimination or hear offensive remarks, it's essential to address them respectfully.
Above all, be mindful of what you say.
Use inclusive language. Avoid assumptions about someone's gender identity or sexual orientation. Use gender-neutral terms whenever possible, and respect individuals' chosen pronouns. Use your voice to advocate for equality and challenge harmful attitudes or behaviours. Your support can empower others to do the same and create a workplace culture that celebrates diversity.
Together, let's strive for a present where allyship is not just a choice but a fundamental aspect of how we treat one another.
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