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Be An Ally and Support the LGBT Community 

The Four Basic Levels of Becoming an Ally

  1. Awarness
    Awarness
    Explore how you are different from and similar to LGBT people. Gain this awareness through talking with LGBT people, attending workshops and self-examination.
  2. Knowledge & Education
    Knowledge & Education
    Begin to understand policies, laws and practices and how they affect gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Educate yourself on the many communities and cultures of LGBT people.

“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” -U.S. President Barack Obama

  1. Action
    Action
    This is the most important and frightening step. Despite the fear, action is the only way to effect change in the society as a whole.
  2. Skills
    Skills
    This is an area that is difficult for many people. You must learn to take your awareness and knowledge and communicate it to others. You can acquire these skills by attending workshops, role-playing with friends or peers, and developing support connections.

Resoures for being an Ally in your Area 

By learning and speaking out as an ally, you will make the world a safer, more affirming place for everyone. You will change people’s lives in ways you’ll see and ways you’ll never know.