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How to be an Ally

“For a lot of people, learning that someone they know and care about is LGBT 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 LGBT and wanting to know what you can do to be supportive. An ‘ally’ is a term used to describe someone who is supportive of LGBT people. It encompasses non-LGBT allies as well as those within the LGBT community who support each other.” Human Rights Campaign

The guides below can help to answer questions and suggest ways to support LGBTQ friends, family members, coworkers and others. If you would like assistance in finding the right resource for you or others, visit our LGBTQ page or give us a call. One of our EAP consultants would be glad to discuss your request. 

American Bar Association, How to Be an Ally Toolkit

GLAAD, Be an Ally & a Friend

GLAAD, Tips for Allies of Transgender People

Human Rights Campaign, How to be an LGBT Ally

National Center for Transgender Equality, A Guide to Being a Good Ally

PFLAG, Guide to Being a Straight Ally

For more information or to discuss LGBTQ concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.



This content was last modified on: 06/02/2017

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