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Five tips to help you rock LGBTQ+ allyship at work

Navigating the workplace as a member of the LGBTQ+ community can come with its own set of challenges, from microaggressions to outright discrimination. But fear not! Allies like you play a vital role in creating a culture of acceptance and support. So, whether you’re a seasoned advocate or just dipping your toes into allyship waters, here are five simple yet impactful ways you can make a difference.


1. Educate, advocate, elevate.

Knowledge is power! Take the time to learn about different sexual orientations, gender identities and the challenges that LGBTQ+ individuals may face in the workplace. Attend workshops, read articles and engage in respectful conversations.


And be an advocate for change within your organization. Whether it's advocating for LGBTQ-inclusive policies and benefits, organizing diversity training sessions or participating in Pride events, there are countless ways to make a difference. When you elevate marginalized voices, you create a more supportive and understanding workplace for everyone.


2. Embrace language that welcomes everyone.

Language matters, my friends! The words we use can have a profound impact on others, whether consciously or unconsciously. Make an effort to use inclusive language in your everyday conversations and communications. 


Avoid making assumptions about someone's gender or sexuality, and use inclusive language whenever possible. Instead of saying "ladies and gentlemen," try "folks" or "everyone." And if you're not sure about someone's pronouns, just ask! It shows that you respect their identity enough to want to create a supportive environment for them.


3. Speak up, speak out.

Silence isn’t always golden, especially when it comes to standing up for what's right. If you hear someone making homophobic, transphobic or otherwise offensive comments, don't just let it slide.


Speak up and challenge that behavior in a respectful and constructive way. You don't have to be a superhero; even a simple, "Hey, that's not cool," can make a world of difference. Your voice has power—use it for good!


4. Stay curious and keep evolving.

Allyship isn’t a destination, it’s a journey of continual growth and reflection. Stay humble, stay curious and keep evolving in your understanding and advocacy.


Challenge your own biases, seek feedback from LGBTQ+ colleagues and be open to course correction when you stumble. The key is to approach those moments with humility and a willingness to do better next time. Together, we can create a workplace that’s not just accepting, but actively celebrates the beautiful tapestry of human diversity.


5. Be an ally every day.

Being an LGBTQ+ ally isn't just a one-time (or one-month!) thing, it's a daily practice. And it isn’t just about grand gestures, it’s about looking for everyday opportunities to support LGBTQ+ colleagues in small but meaningful ways.


Whether it's offering a listening ear, advocating for inclusive policies or celebrating LGBTQ holidays and milestones. Small gestures can make a big difference in creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected.


Being an LGBTQ ally at work is about more than just wearing a rainbow pin or attending a Pride parade (although those things are great too!). It's about actively supporting and uplifting the LGBTQ community in our everyday actions and interactions. By educating ourselves, listening to others, speaking up, using inclusive language and advocating for change, we can create a workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and accepted for who they are. So, let's roll up our sleeves, stand together, and make our workplaces places where diversity thrives and everyone can truly be themselves. You've got this!

If you found this blog post helpful, please share it with your friends and colleagues. And if you have any other tips, share them in the comments below.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Stalder is driven by the one thing he values most in life: joy. The joy in feeling like a kid again, the joy in fulfilling a sense of adventure, the joy in making a difference in peoples’ lives and the joy in helping others become the best versions of themselves. He uses the skills and expertise he's garnered throughout his career to bring joy to life—both for himself and for others.


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