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Being an Ally for the LGBTQI+ Community During Pride Month



To commemorate Pride Month, LGBTQI+ activist Nonhlanhla Mkhize is encouraging individuals to become allies in the LGBTQI community. Allyship entails standing up for LGBTQI individuals when they face discrimination or harassment and being a supportive presence in their lives as reported by 702 radio.

Mkhize emphasised the significance of allyship in fostering a more inclusive and accepting society for LGBTQI people. She stated, “There are numerous ways to be an ally, and even small actions can have a profound impact.”

Here are some valuable tips for becoming an ally to LGBTQI individuals:

  • Educate yourself about LGBTQI issues: Familiarise yourself with the terminology related to sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as the historical context of discrimination against LGBTQI people.
  • Respect pronouns and identities: Honour individuals’ chosen pronouns and identities, refraining from making assumptions based on appearances.
  • Use inclusive language: Avoid homophobic or transphobic language and adopt language that embraces and includes all individuals.

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  • Confront homophobia and transphobia: Speak out against discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity when you witness such incidents.
  • Be a visible ally: Publicly demonstrate your support for the LGBTQI community and advocate for their rights.
  • Support LGBTQI-owned businesses and organisations: Show your backing for the LGBTQI community by patronising and empowering businesses and organisations owned by LGBTQI individuals.
  • Donate to LGBTQI charities: Contribute to the valuable work carried out by organisations dedicated to enhancing the lives of LGBTQI individuals.

By following these guidelines, you can contribute to the creation of a more inclusive and accepting society for LGBTQI people.

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