It’s IDAHOBIT (or the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) today!
This year’s theme is “Together: Healing, Resisting, Supporting”. 17th May is an important day for the LGBTQ+ community, and it's an important day to draw attention to how the community still struggles in 2021, and the violence that we’re still subjected to. From countries where it’s still illegal to be gay, to anti-trans media here in the UK. It’s important to acknowledge that we’re not equal yet, and that we still need some help in getting there. That’s where the Supporting comes in! Allies are a vital support to the LGBTQ+ community, and we need you more than ever.
Here’s 5 ways that you can be an Ally this IDAHOBIT:
1) Why not find out what the letters in LGBTQ+ actually stand for?
Here is a good place to have a look at some of the basics, as well as some of the less common terms!
2) Put your pronouns in your bio!
Instagram has just made this super easy, but why not put them on your Facebook, Twitter and Tiktok too? Here is a great infographic as to why this simple action can help us out a lot!
3) Check out some LGBTQ+ people on social media!
Some people to check out:
Matt Bernstein @mattxiv (he/they)
Travis Alabanza @travisalabanza (they/them)
Munroe Bergdorf @munroebergdorf (she/they)
Stevie Lane @thequeeradvocate (they/them)
Ethan Tai Bossuyt @tai.draws (they/he)
4) Find out about fundraisers or Mutual Aid organisations that you can share, or donate to if you have the spare cash!
You can usually find these by doing a search of the hashtag #TransCrowdFund. If you can’t donate, even retweeting or sharing really helps.
5) Remember that Ally is a “doing-word”.
You need to be actively calling out homo/bi/transphobia when it’s safe to do so. If there’s something that you don’t understand, do some research and try and find out. Uplift the voices of queer people, and listen to us when we speak.
Here’s another great article to check out if you want to do some deeper reading into being an ally:
If you’re LGBTQ+ at USW, don’t forget that we have an LGBTQ+ Society that is running through Discord at the moment. You can find them at @uswlgbtsoc on most platforms. If you’d like some more resources or support, feel free to reach out through my Facebook at Kay R. Dennis SU or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.