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Be a better LGBTQIA+ ally

An 'ally' is a person who is associated with another as a helper. An ally can be a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity or struggle. An ally is also someone with privilege who stands up for the fair and equal treatment of others. In recent years, the term has been adopted specifically to a person supporting one or more marginalized groups.

As decent human beings, we can help advocate for the rights of others and create a positive change in society. Being an ally of the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and more) community, you are capable of inspiring long-term change.

Allies are crucial in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment since the LGBTQIA+ community is not a majority of the population or workplaces. They can’t do it alone.

It’s important to remember that being an LGBTQIA+ ally shouldn’t stop once Pride Month is over because the fight for acceptance and equality continues.  Despite the progress made toward LGBTQIA+ rights in the Philippines, challenges remain. It’s time to take steps to become a better ally. 

To show one's pride, here are things you can do to become a better LGBTQIA+ ally:

1. Question Your Own Biases
It takes time to overcome deeply rooted beliefs. Be willing to challenge societal norms and the heteronormative lens through where we see the world. Reflect on yourself and challenge your own opinions. You can develop a more inclusive attitude by consciously addressing your biases and stereotypes around gender and sexuality. 

2. Be Informed
Understanding LGBTQIA+ terms, challenges, and history is crucial for you to be a successful ally. Recognize the many struggles and experiences endured by the community. Recognize that everyone's journey is different and that members of LGBTQIA+ have no responsibility to educate others.

3. Promote Diversity
In both personal and professional settings, promote diversity. Speak up if you witness opinions or behaviors that are homophobic or transphobic. Give your support to LGBTQIA+ artists, companies, and entrepreneurs. You contribute to a more inclusive society by establishing environments where everyone feels appreciated and respected.

4. Fight Discrimination by Speaking Out
Defend against discriminatory behaviors in businesses, public places, and schools. Be a proactive bystander. If you see an individual being subjected to discrimination or harassment, safely intervene, assist, and report cases as needed. By taking action, you firmly state that these kinds of behavior won't be tolerated.

5. Support LGBTQIA+ Rights
A powerful tool for change is advocacy. Encourage the groups promoting LGBTQIA+ rights in the Philippines. Share their experiences and stories on social media to strengthen their voices.

You may help end ignorance, which results in problems and actions that negatively impact the everyday lives and livelihoods of  LGBTQIA+ individuals, by becoming an ally and demonstrating your support for them. 

Let's continue the journey beyond Pride Month by collaborating to create a future in which LGBTQIA+ individuals may live genuinely and succeed without worrying about discrimination. (PIA-NCR)

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Gelaine Louise Gutierrez

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