Pride Month: Allyship in Action

Pride Month is a month dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride that began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in 1969. As we observe Pride this year, here is a reminder from the Trevor Project of what it means to be an Ally and promote wellness in the community all year long.


Educate Yourself

We should never stop learning, because education can help save lives. It’s important to educate yourself, so that the burden of education isn’t on the LGBTQ+ people you want to be an ally to. Luckily, there are a lot of resources that can help you know more about the LGBTQ+ community.

Support LGBTQ+ Young People

  • Be a safe space when discussing difficult topics and utilize empathetic listening practices such as reflecting language, validating experiences, staying present, being non-judgemental and expressing care, concern and encouragement.
  • Use colleagues’ pronouns correctly and consistently. Model sharing pronouns in meetings, in email signatures, and on web platforms.

Advocate for LGBTQ+ People

Through advocacy at all levels of government, public education, and litigation we leverage our expertise and cutting-edge research to advance protective policies, increase public support, and create the world each LGBTQ+ young person deserves. This includes efforts to…

  • Protect LGBTQ+ young people from the dangerous practice of conversion “therapy.”
  • Ensure trans and nonbinary young people can access the care they need and live as their authentic selves.
  • Create safe and affirming school environments.
  • Ensure the nation’s 988 Lifeline is able to adequately and competently support LGBTQ+ young people in crisis.

Be a Visible Ally When Working With LGBTQ+ Young People

  • Introduce yourself with your name and pronouns. Invite others to do the same.
  • If you’re able, decorate your space with items that signify allyship. This could be a pronoun button, a flag, or a poster of an LGBTQ+ film or artist.
  • Do not tolerate bullying or harassment in your space at all. If bullying
    or harassment happens, enact consequences and hold the person causing harm accountable.
  • Talk positively about LGBTQ+ people. Even in instances where it’s not appropriate to share their identity, this can show allyship. Always condemn acts of erasure if you’re able.
  • Encourage visual cues of allyship, such as ‘safe space’ stickers or rainbow flags.