By: Lisa Koenecke
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” http://www.goodreads.com
October is LGBT History Month. We celebrate our friends, neighbors, and family members identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. Lisa is not here to recruit but rather to educate on how YOU can become a better ally.
YOU don’t have to go to a PRIDE parade or wear rainbow clothing, but you could be an ally in some simple ways. I’ll remind you of three ways you can be an LGBTQ+ Ally:
(1) SHOW you are an ally by not buying pink or blue items for a baby shower. Green, yellow and purple are lovely non-gendered colors. you can SHOW you’re an ally by wearing a rainbow ribbon, or displaying a rainbow sticker. you will SHOW anyone in the LGBTQ+ world you are an ally by that simple gesture.
(2) SHIFT your mindset and those mindsets around you. When you hear a homophobic joke, or, if you see a homophobic meme, STOP the joke or STOP the meme. you can SHIFT from a small “a” ally to a capital “A” Ally by shifting the hurtful behaviors around you. Sometimes, silence equals approval. Take a moment to think about that, what can and will you do?
(3) SHAPE your environment to be inclusive. you control where you spend your money. you control how you vote. You decide where to volunteer. If you can SHAPE policies, THAT is a double bonus! If you are in the majority, how will you use your voice?
Maya Angelou said it best, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”