Friday, 25 October, 2013
We love allies and we want to thank them for standing up for LGBTQQIA students on campus! Join us for cake, celebration, conversation, and community pride. Ally Week, taking place this year on October 21-25, 2013, is a whole week where we can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone can work to become better allies to LGBT youth. Sponsored by OUTreach: LGBT & Ally Resource Center.
Participate in the Ally Week Photo Project:
What is an Ally?
An ally is someone who advocates for and supports members of a community other than their own; reaching across differences to achieve mutual goals.
Why do LGBTQ+ people need allies?
It is a widely available statistic that an estimated 10% of the population is comprised of LGBT people. This means that one in four families have a sexual minority within their immediate circle and almost everyone loves someone who is LGBT within their extended circle of friends.
Despite decades of progress towards universal human rights, the LGBT community still confronts criticism, discrimination, and animosity. Alarmingly, these prejudices and stereotypes are often much more socially acceptable when directed towards sexual minorities than towards many ethnic, racial, and religious minorities.
By forming an alliance with those that we love, we can forge a bridge of understanding and support that will strengthen the fabric of our society.
What can allies do?
- Help LGBT people feel supported and included.
- Help others understand more about LGBT experiences.
- Support fairness and justice for everyone.
- Make our neighborhoods, communities, campus, workplace and our world a safer place for everyone.