What does it mean to be a LGBTQ+ Ally?

Tah Si Soe Thaw, Reporter

Being an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, means that someone is in support of the community. However, many allies have the wrong misconceptions about how they should act or what they should do to show that they are in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

“I think many allies have the idea that they need to do certain things like buy everything rainbow to show their support, when in reality, most of us just want them to not be rude and continue on with their business,” senior Evelyn Wolfe said.

Another common misconception is that to be an ally, the individual needs a flag or to bring up the support for the LGBTQ+ at every opportunity, which can be tiring and uncomfortable for the members.

“This is obviously not what they should do at all, since it can be tiring for many LGBTQ+ members,” Wolfe said. “What they should do is to be a decent person and go on with their life.”

The treatment that many allies show makes the people in the community uncomfortable because it’s not the way that the members want to be treated.

“I can’t speak for all of us, but some of us just want to be treated like any other person,” Wolfe said.