What's the big deal? Aren’t lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people pretty much accepted nowadays? Well...
Did you know your LGBT friends and co-workers can still be fired or evicted in 29 states?
Did you know that up to 43% have personally experienced discrimination?
Would you be confident that the world would fully accept your son or daughter if he or she came out?
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There are lots of reasons allies are key to creating a more inclusive world:
Ellen Degeneres is expected, but Clint Eastwood endorsing marriage equality made a big splash.
Allies were very effective advocates prominently featured in the successful marriage equality campaigns of 2012.
But there are also lots of reasons many straight people don’t step up:
So how do we fix it?
Ally engagement initiatives can be structured to overcome each of these barriers:
Build awareness by making the issues relevant to people's everyday experiences in the places they spend most of their time - at work and school
Create a community of allies so people don't feel they are alone in speaking up, and start to consider being an ally to be part of their identity