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8 ways to be a better ally during Pride Month (and beyond)

Warren Partners

Pride Month, celebrated every June, is a time to honour and support the LGBTQ+ community, reflecting on its history, achievements and the ongoing struggle for equality. For businesses and individuals alike, it presents an opportunity to foster inclusivity and demonstrate genuine allyship. Here’s how to be a better ally during Pride Month and beyond.

1. Educate yourself about LGBTQ+ history and issues

Understanding the history and significance of Pride is essential to being a supportive ally. Pride commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Take time to learn about key figures, events and ongoing issues facing the community. This knowledge will help you appreciate the importance of Pride and the context behind it.


2. Use inclusive language

Language plays a crucial role in promoting inclusivity. Familiarise yourself with the correct terminology and pronouns. Avoid assumptions about someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Use gender-neutral language when appropriate and be respectful of individuals’ preferred pronouns. This simple step can make a significant difference in making LGBTQ+ individuals feel seen and respected.


3. Support LGBTQ+ organisations

One of the most impactful ways to be an ally is by supporting organisations that advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. This can be through donations, volunteering or participating in events. Organizations like Stonewall, The Diversity Trust and local LGBTQ+ groups rely on support to continue their vital work. Your contributions can help drive positive change and support those in need.


4. Create inclusive work environments

In the workplace, fostering an inclusive culture is essential. Encourage policies and practices that support LGBTQ+ employees, such as anti-discrimination policies, diversity training and inclusive benefits. Promote a culture where everyone feels comfortable being their authentic selves without fear of judgment or discrimination. This not only benefits LGBTQ+ employees but enhances overall workplace morale and productivity.


5. Listen and amplify LGBTQ+ voices

Active listening is a key aspect of being an ally. Give LGBTQ+ individuals the space to share their experiences and listen without judgment. Amplify their voices by supporting their initiatives and sharing their stories. This can be through social media, workplace initiatives or community events. By elevating LGBTQ+ voices, you help spread awareness and promote understanding.


6. Challenge discrimination and bias

Allyship involves taking action against discrimination and bias. Whether it’s in the workplace, social settings or online, speak out against homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination. Educate others about the impact of their words and actions and promote a culture of respect and inclusivity. Standing up against injustice sends a strong message of support and can help create safer environments for everyone.


7. Celebrate LGBTQ+ culture

Pride Month is a celebration of LGBTQ+ culture, so take part in the festivities. Attend Pride events, support LGBTQ+ artists and engage with cultural works that highlight LGBTQ+ experiences. Celebrating LGBTQ+ culture not only shows your support but also enriches your understanding and appreciation of the community’s diverse contributions.


8. Commit to year-round allyship

Allyship doesn’t end when Pride Month is over. Commit to supporting the LGBTQ+ community year-round. This includes continuing your education, advocating for inclusive policies and supporting LGBTQ+ initiatives. Show that your allyship is genuine by maintaining your efforts beyond June and being a consistent advocate for equality and inclusion.

Being a better ally during Pride Month and beyond requires ongoing effort and commitment. By educating yourself, using inclusive language, supporting LGBTQ+ organizations, creating inclusive workplaces, listening to and amplifying LGBTQ+ voices, challenging discrimination, celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and committing to year-round allyship, you can make a meaningful impact. These actions not only support the LGBTQ+ community but also contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Warren Partners believes in fostering inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and respected. By embracing these practices, we can all contribute to a more inclusive world, where diversity is celebrated and equality is achieved.


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