June is Pride Month; a time for celebrating all kinds of love and identities, and an opportunity to raise awareness for LGBTQ+ issues across the globe.
Here are five ways you can show your support for the LGBTQ+ community beyond the month of June.
1. Learn to unlearn (and be corrected)
If someone corrects you when discussing LGBTQ+ issues, or tries to explain their contrasting point of view, keep open-minded and be willing to see things from their perspective. We are all guilty of bias to some extent, and unlearning these biases is vital to being better allies!
2. Educate, educate, educate
It can be difficult knowing where to start when looking to become a better ally, as there is lots of information out there. If you’re feeling this way, Buffers’ comprehensive resource list is a great place to start:
3. Shop at LGBTQ+ businesses
Show your support for LGBTQ+ communities by buying from companies who don’t just change their logo for the month of June, but actively support the queer community. Research companies’ hiring processes to see if they’re being inclusive and find out if they donate to LGBTQ+ charities. If they aren’t advocating for queer rights or actively go against promoting equality, do you really want to buy their products?
4. Encourage change in the workplace
Try not to assume that everyone in your office is straight, as this simply isn’t true. Beyond Pride Month, ask your company if you can hold regular LGBTQ+ webinars throughout the year; discussing allyship, diversity and inclusivity, to create a safe space for everyone at work.
5. Use preferred pronouns