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Being an ally rquires more than "supporting" LGBTQIA people; it is an active, continuous journey of advocating for the community. Allyship isn't speaking for (or over the voices of) the LGBTQIA community. It is using your voice where LGBTQIA people don't have the agency to speak and interrupting instances of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. It's an ongoing process of self-education without relying on members of the LGBTQIA community to "teach" you about their identities and it's valuing and believing in the identities of others that differ from your own. 

Without the constant work of our allies, the U of M wouldn't be as inclusive as it is. We are grateful for the inclusion work and advocacy of our allies for the LGBTQIA community. If you're beginning your ally journey, welcome! Whether you're a new ally to LGBTQIA folks or continuing on your journey by expanding your knowledge of LGBTQIA identities, we have multiple resources you'll find helpful.


Quick Links

Education & Training
Know Your Resources
Being a Better Ally
Nonbinary Gender Pronouns Quick Tips - UMN Center for Writing


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