Today marks the beginning of Pride Month 2021! However, you don’t have to be part of the queer community to support and enjoy the celebrations. Heterosexual people can be great straight allies for the LGBTQ+ community. We take a look at the meaning behind the Pride Ally flag and let you know how you can become an even better straight ally.
The meaning behind the Pride Ally flag
The Pride Ally flag, or Straight Ally flag lets members of the LGBTQ+ community know that you are supportive of them. While you may not be part of the community, this flag shows that you are ready to advocate for them.
The flag contains a rainbow ‘A’ on a black and white background. The letter ‘A’ represents allies, while the rainbow colours represent the LGBTQ+ community and the black and white bars represent heterosexual or cisgender people.
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You can proudly wave this flag at Pride knowing that those around you will feel supported and at ease.
What is a straight ally?
Stonewall defines the term ‘straight ally’ as “heterosexual people who believe that lesbian, gay and bisexual people should experience full equality”.
Whether this is in the workplace, in education, or just in everyday life, heterosexual and cisgender people have an important role to play in advocating for the queer community.
A straight ally fights for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, and respects their gender expression.
How to be a supportive straight ally
Here are some top tips on how to be a more effective straight ally.
Listen: Learn about the realities of living and growing up as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Don’t Be Afraid of Difficult Conversations: Being a straight ally means having hard conversations with people who may not share the same views as you. Speaking up is vitally important.
Educate Yourself: Read books about LGBTQ+ history, watch documentaries, and support media made by queer people.
Financial Support: Donate to LGBTQ+ charities and organisations who are doing incredible grass roots work to support those who are disadvantaged or ostracised because of their sexuality or gender expression.
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Share Links: Spreading the word about LGBTQ+ initiatives is a fantastic way to start a conversation about issues facing the queer community.
Pronouns: Make sure to include pronouns in your social media bios, as well as asking for someone’s pronouns when you meet them. This creates an open and comfortable space for non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming people.
Make Some Noise: Write to your local politician about LGBTQ+ equality, or laws affecting the community. Email, or write into your local newspaper, or create an event to support the community.
Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask when you’re not sure about what different terminology means.
Make Sure Your Support is Intersectional: A good LGBTQ+ ally works to uplift all those under the queer umbrella. This includes those who are often the most marginalised, BAME queer voices.
Be An Ally All Year Round: While Pride Month is an important part of the LGBTQ+ calendar, it is important to make sure that you are advocating as an ally all year round, not just when LGBTQ+ people are most visible.
We wish you all a terrific Pride Month 2021!