There are two types of “allies” to the LGBTQ+ community. One of them lift up the LGBTQ+ community, and the second cares more about uplifting themselves.
If you are the ally who cares more about uplifting themselves other than putting your all in uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, you shouldn’t call yourself and ally at all. That is called selfishness.
Before you can consider yourself to be an advocate of the LGBTQ+ community, it is your responsibility to learn the history.
Here is a link to a website with a little history of what our friends and family have gone through: https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/history
Here is a link to a moving article about what being an ally means:
After you learn the history of what older generations of the LGBTQ+ community went through, and read what an ally truly means you might want to keep these tips in mind:
This information is from: https://www.glaad.org/resources/ally/2
Be a listener.
Be willing to talk.
Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
Don't assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
Anti-LGBT comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.
Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
LGBTQ+ rights are human rights.