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    Pride: How To Be an LGBTQIA+ Ally

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    If you want to be an ally to LGBTQIA+ people but don’t know where to start, GLAMOUR has collated seven key tips to think about over LGBTQIA+ History Month:

    Tip 1: Educate yourself

    Embrace the opportunity to educate yourself on LGTBQIA+ history and literature. And – crucially – don’t expect people from marginalised communities to do the heavy lifting for you. If you’re feeling genuinely confused about an aspect of gender or sexuality, take time to research it yourself rather than quizzing LGBTQIA+ people (unless an individual within the community has explicitly welcomed questions). 

    To get you started, why not read GLAMOUR’s guide to LGBTQIA+ terminology? Or check out our round-up of the best LGBTQIA+ books, podcasts and TV shows? We’ve also got a collection of the best LGBTQIA+ shows on Netflix, as well as a round-up of the most inspiring LGBTQIA+ people on Instagram. 

    Tip 2: Put your money where your mouth is

    It’s all very well mouthing off on Twitter (and doesn’t it feel good when you get those RTs?) but one of the most effective forms of allyship is donating money to organisations enacting real change. Here are some great charities and organisations supporting LGBTQIA+:

    Stonewall: supports and educates on LGBTQIA+ rights in the UK.

    African Rainbow Family: supports LGBTIQ people of African heritage and the wider Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups.

    MindOut: an LGBTQIA+ mental health service.

    UK Black Pride: a grassroots movement that advocates, fights for, supports and celebrates LGBTQIA+ people of colour.

    Mermaids: supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people.

    Parapride: a charity that creates inclusive events and social opportunities that cater specifically to the needs of all those living with disabilities, mental health and chronic health conditions and impairments.

    Additionally, many transgender people choose to undergo private healthcare for gender reassignment surgery due to excessive waiting lists in the NHS. As well as joining campaigns demanding effective healthcare for transgender people, you can also make private donations to your friends’ fundraisers for private surgery. Hashtags like #TransCrowdfund are a good place to start.

    Tip 3: Share the message

    Social media activism still counts as activism – if you use it responsibly. Start by curating your feeds to include more LGBTQIA+ creators, educators, and charities, such as the LGBT Foundation, Stonewall and LGBTQIA+ History Month.

    Next up, get involved. Use your platform – no matter how big or small – to support campaigns uplifting LGBTQIA+ peoples’ rights. 

    Tip 4: Influence others

    Getting involved in the community directly is a great way to meet people and develop a deeper understanding of the issues prevalent in the community.

    Whether it’s keeping up on the latest events going on or meetups happening, there are always things to get involved in.

    Tip 5: Recognise that all oppression is connected

    There’s no use being an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community without an understanding of how marginalised identities intersect. 

    UPI

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