How to be an Ally

By: Marley Fishburn

hrc.org

No one succeeds alone. Whether it is progress towards equal rights or writing a successful proposal, unwavering support is crucial. Nations across the globe have taken momentous strides in the name of equality in recent years which could not have been accomplished without support from all walks of life. CONA itself is becoming more inclusive as well, with the help of open minded individuals and the courage and color of the LGBT+ community. Allies can come in all shapes and sizes- all colors and creeds-and can contribute in a myriad of ways, so here is a how to guide to being a supportive, empathetic ally according to some delegates here on the mountain:

  1. LISTEN- “I think that being an ally is very important, I think the most important part is listening and helping other people”- Ciel LaZar (NM)
  2.  STAND UP- “I think the most important part is listening and helping other people, standing up for people even though it might be very intimidating especially if it’s in a bullying situation or a situation where people are being put down.” – Jacey Matthews (NJ)
  3. BE LOUD- Actions speak words and in dire times, “silent allies aren’t real allies,” says Sarah Issacson of (MO)

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