What an Ally Represents
Developed by GLBT Services-University of Minnesota-Duluth. Adapted from the Univ. of Western Australia.
An Ally Is….
- Visible Support
- Safe Space
- Role Model for ‘straight’ community
- Someone who takes a stand against heterosexism, abelism, racism, and other ‘isms’ infecting our society
An Ally Can Be…
- An Activist
- A Speaker/Educator
An Ally is Not…
- An Expert on Issues/Counselor
- Spokesperson for All
An Ally Should…
- Support other Allies
- Commit to an ongoing process of learning about sexual orientation and gender identity.
What are my responsibilities as an ALLY?
- Participate in an interactive training program to
- become better acquainted with your role as an ALLY;
- reflect on personal beliefs and develop self-awareness of your attitudes and commitment to diversity in the community; and
- develop a better understanding of GLBT issues, queer culture, community, history and available resources to better fulfill your support and advocacy roles.
- Publicly identifying yourself as an ALLY.
- Displaying an ALLY sign on your office door and/or wear an ALLY pin to affirm your commitment.
- Providing a safe place to talk for members of the UMD community who seek your support, empathy or friendship and information on GLBT issues, while maintaining confidentiality.
- Being open to questions from and about GLBT students and staff.
- Working within and supporting existing policies and practices that bring equity to the UMD community and give open support for GLBT persons and their issues.
- Attend occasional QSU meetings and information sessions on various issues of concern to GLBT persons.
- The QSU is modeled on similar networks in existence on university campuses in countries such as the USA and Canada and that are gaining momentum in others. It reflects the acknowledged need for a greater awareness of the broadening scope of diversity to include sexuality within our communities.
- Some ALLIES may never have someone come to their office. ALLIES will spend minimal time with persons seeking support and advice.
- When a GLBT student or staff member walks by an office that displays an ALLY sign, it is empowering to them to observe this level of support.
- Displaying an ALLY sign may lead to questions from colleagues which then creates educational opportunities!
Levels of Ally Development: