Allies & Advocates

Definition of an Ally

An ally is as an individual who works to end oppression personally and professionally through support and advocacy of an oppressed population (Safe On Campus resource manual - Western Michigan University), in this context gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Allies may be prompted to action because they have personal and professional relationships with LGBT individuals or because they are alarmed at the pervasive negative attitudes towards LGBT people in a heterosexist society. Although most Allies & Advocates members are heterosexual, it is important to understand that LGBT individuals can be allies to themselves by actively supporting the needs of their community. Ally development occurs in stages, a process that will be disclosed in this manual as well as during training.

Source: Adapted from the Safe On Campus resource manual - Western Michigan University

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