For a lot of people, learning that someone they know and care about is LGBTQIA+ can open a range of emotions, from confused to concerned, awkward to honored. It may be hard to know how to react, leaving you with questions about what to say and how to talk about being LGBTQIA+ and wanting to know what you can do to be supportive.
An “ally” is a term used to describe someone who supports equality and fairness for all individuals and takes action in response to privilege and prejudice. An LGBTQIA+ ally supports all people in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Learn more from the Human Rights Campaign’s How to Be an Ally guide and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) Actions for Allies page. For specific information on how to be an ally to the transgender community, the National Center for Transgender Equality has a helpful Guide to Being a Good Ally.