Today is the first day of GLSEN’s Ally Week, and we’re pumped to get talking about what it means to be an ally to LGBT youth.
Allyship is more than supporting marriage equality or having a gay friend. Allyship means advocating for others whose experiences you may not share, supporting others unconditionally, and learning when it’s your place to step in — and when it’s not.
Our pals at BuzzFeed are helping us share some tips on how to be a better ally to LGBT youth and others. We’re spending this week teaching our allies what we need from them, and hoping they’ll do their part to spread the word, too.
Ally Week is about taking to the time to make yourself a better ally! Whether that means speaking up in spaces where marginalized people have no access, or taking a step back and listening to what the LGBTQA community has to say, use this week to make LGBTQA History Month more meaningful for everyone!
John Legend, Michael Skolnic, Hudson Taylor and Bayo Adafin are just a few of the men who know that sexual assualt is not just a women’s issue — it’s everyone’s issue. All of them have posted powerful messages with the #ItsOnUs campaign that promote consent, call for an end to victim-blaming and challenge other men to join the fight against sexual assault.
Read more via MTV.