How to be an LGBTQIA+ Ally

We want Allens to be a place where people can bring their authentic selves to work, in an environment that appreciates and celebrates diversity.

Our Ally Guide explains how building a visible and vocal Ally group helps all team members feel included and valued and offers tips on creating an inclusive workplace culture. View the full guide here.

Top five signs you’re an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community

You challenge behaviour that demeans or belittles LGBTQIA+ people

This includes jokes, assumptions, stereotypes and myths about LGBTQIA+ culture: these comments are harmful. Taking the time to explain that someone’s behaviour is inappropriate and why, can be a good way to get people to start thinking about equality and diversity.

You use inclusive language

Don’t be afraid to use terminology to refer to certain sections of the LGBTQIA+ community – just try to make sure it’s the right term and if it is not, then apologise and remember for next time. If you’re not sure, then ask an ALLin member or Ally for help or have a look at our Inclusive Language Guide.

You create a culture of respect with consistent expectations for everyone’s behaviour

Allies are clear and consistent in their expectations of everyone’s behaviour. If issues arise, LGBTQIA+ employees should feel confident, encouraged and supported to report problems.

You are a role model and champion equality

Allies are authentic when promoting LGBTQIA+ inclusion and set a clear message about championing equality. Trying your best to follow the tips above makes you a great role model for others.

You listen to and learn from the LGBTQIA+ community

Being actively engaged makes you a better Ally. Continue to keep asking colleagues about their insights and experiences. Take it upon yourself to learn more.