For a lot of people, learning that someone they know and care about is LGBTQ+ 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, how to talk about being LGBTQ+ and wanting to know what you can do to be supportive. 

An “ally” is a term used to describe someone who is supportive of LGBTQ+ people. It encompasses non-LGBTQ+ allies as well as those within the LGBTQ+ community who support each other, e.g. a lesbian who is an ally to the bisexual community. 

Learn more from the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) "How to Be an Ally" guide and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's  (GLSEN) "Actions for Allies" page.