How to be an ally

Posted: March 26, 2013 in LGBTQ

a gentleman and a scholar

I’ve been trying to write this post for a long time – since I began to be asked the question on an increasingly regular basis, about two years ago. It feels easy to answer in a noisy pub, or a over a cup of coffee – with lots of waving of hands and ‘you know’s – and not so easy to put down on virtual paper. There are already severalgoodguides out there to the specifics of being a trans ally – but, maybe, there’s still space for the more foundational elements to be addressed.

 

It was only when I was forced to answer others’ questions about being an ally that I really started to analyse the assumptions I had about that role – my inhabiting of it in regard to others, and of them to me. The multiple planes on which being an ally plays out: gender…

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