What's an ally ?
On May 17th : Show your colours !
May 17th is the perfect time to :
Hang posters to raise awareness of LGBT issues and prevent homophobia and transphobia
Put "ALLY" stickers on the door of your office, on your bag, etc.
Make a personal commitment to be a better ally for the coming year (you can look at suggestions below, or read one of the many advice articles available to allies on the Internet)
Did you know ?
A study done at a university in the United States in 2008 showed that 81% of LGBTQ students said they were more likely to come out to a faculty member who had an ally sticker and 78% said they were more comfortable in their class.
What can you do ?
How do people react to disparaging remarks and disrespectful behaviour towards LGBT people ?
According to our 2015 survey :
• The majority of Canadians surveyed say they have already witnessed offensive remarks (jokes, nicknames, insults, etc.) or disrespectful behavior towards LGBT people in everyday life (72%) or on the Internet (63%).
• Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the witnesses say they intervene when faced with homophobia in everyday life, but less than half (44%) say they do so when it happens on the Internet.
• Two-thirds (68%) of respondents consider that it is easy for a heterosexual person to openly show their support for LGBT people in their immediate circle, 31% considering this very easy.