Charley (szasz) wrote,

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on being an ally

Today (perhaps not coincidentally National Coming Out Day) I finally managed to attend an Ally Training Day here. It was a three-hour meeting in which campus faculty and staff learn about GLBT resources, and ways to support and provide a safe space for queer students and staff. This has always been something I've wanted to do, since so many of my friends and colleagues are queer.

It was a really positive meeting, everyone was respectful and most people contributed, and I not only learned about on-campus resources and ways I can offer support, but also some new ways to think about labels, and stereotypes, and what it's like to be in a minority (something a white straight male doesn't get to experience much). The Questionnaire for Heterosexuals helps here, as did a lot of what we talked about in the meeting.

So now I have an Ally poster on my door at work, and because it was Coming Out Day, I wore the "Ally" pink triangle button all day.

I'm not much of an activist, but it's nice to do something positive.

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