Are you straight or cisgender, and you wonder how you can be a better ally to the LGBTQ+ community? I often get this question from people who want to support their employees, colleagues, family members, and friends who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
As I am a psychotherapist who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and I work a great deal with clients who are also part of this community, I feel I have at least some insight to share. However, I cannot claim that I know about the experiences of all members of the LGBTQ+ community. We are all continually learning about each other, and the best approach is to understand a person’s experiences using their own words and labels. We should not make assumptions based on our own preconceived notions.
That said, here is another look at an article I wrote a while back, and which might help a little if you would like to be an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
Read my article about becoming an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC, Psychotherapist
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