Allies

RESOURCES FOR ALLIES

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What is an Ally?

An ally is a person who takes a stand against oppression, works to eliminiate oppressive attitudes and beliefs in themselves and their communities, and works to interrogate and understand their privilege. There are many different ways to be an ally to LGBTQA people and numerous opportunities to become involved with the community at Princeton.

How can I be an Ally?

Allies are encouraged to attend LGBT Center events to learn more about issues that concern LGBTQA communities. Staff and faculty can attend the annual Ally Project Training, held every spring semester.

 

Being an active Ally

You can also be a strong and active ally in your everyday life. Here are a few suggestions:

— Attend LGBTQA events, meeting, and programs on campus

— Attend Pride Week and Awareness Week events

— Become an officer in one of LGBTQA student organizations

— Become an officer in the LGBT Task Force

— Become an LGBT Peer Educator

— Critically consider media presentations of LGBTQA issues and call, email, or write the appropriate parties with complaints, suggestions, or praise

— Don't "out" people unless given permission to do so

— Don't make assumptions, and ask about things you don't understand

— Go see or rent LGBTQA-themed movies or TV shows

— Go to the New York City or Philadelphia pride parades

— Have clubs to which you belong sponsor or co-sponsor LGBTQA or LGBTQA-friendly activities or events

— Interrupt, confront, or react to homophobic and transphobic jokes, slurs, comments, or assumptions--this can be done privately or publicly

— Join the LGBT Center listserv

— Learn about LGBTQA pride signs,symbols, and history

— Learn about the LGBT Center, its services, and programs

— Participate in an AIDS Walk

— Post an Ally sticker on your whiteboard, in your room, or next to your door (can be picked up in the LGBT Center). 

— Provide correct information when you hear myths and misperceptions about LGBTQA peopl

— Provide support to LGBTQA individuals who are targeted or subjects of heterosexist, homophobic/biphobic/transphobic jokes, slurs, comments, or assumptions—this can be done publicly or privately

— Read LGBTQA newspapers, magazines, and books

— Recognize that closeted people in your halls, classes, clubs, and jobs are assessing how safe that environment is for them

— Risk discomfort, and take risks to learn and grow as a person

— Remember that there are always people in your halls, classes, clubs, and jobs who are LGBTQA, whether you know it or not

— Say the words gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and asexual out loud!

— Sign a petition

— Take a class dealing with LGBTQA issues

— Talk with and learn from LGBTQA friends, classmates, and colleagues

— Talk with friends informally and openly about LGBTQA events or issues in the news, on TV shows, and in movies

— Understand how heterosexism and homophobia affect both LGBTQA people and straight and cisgender people

— Understand your own feelings around LGBTQA issues

— Understand your socialization, prejudices, and privileges

— Understand why you feel it is important to actively be an ally

— Visit the LGBT Center and the LGBTQA Library in the Frist Campus Center, Room 246

— Vote pro-LGBTQA

— Wear an Ally or Pride button on your backpack (can be picked up in the LGBT Center)

— When talking about relationships, use inclusive language like "partner" or "date"

This information was adapted from the NYU Office of LGBT Student Services

 

 

 
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THE ALLY PROJECT

The Ally Project is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify themselves as allies to the LGBTQA community. This program works to build a supportive and affirming atmosphere for LGBTQA people on campus.


This annual workshop covers a wide range of topics including language, support services, and resources. Designed specifically for staff and faculty, the Ally Project explores ways to better support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual students and colleagues. Register for the next training session at princeton.edu/training. Contact Human Resources with any questions.


Spring 2016  Offerings

Ally Project: Supporting LGBT Students, Staff, and Faculty

Thursday, March 16, 9am-12pm
Center for Jewish Life, Wilf Auditorium (Room 100)

Designed specifically for staff and faculty, the Ally Project explores ways to better support LGBT students and colleagues and will cover topics, such as: language and terminology, how to support members of the LGBTQA community, and campus resources. This session will be led by Zaneta Rago-Craft, Director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities at Rutgers University. Register at princeton.edu/training

Sponsored by the LGBT Center, LGBT Employee Resource Group, LGBT Task Force, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Office of Human Resource, and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life


Ally Project: Supporting Students' Multiple Identities

Thursday, March 16, 2pm-4pm
Center for Jewish Life, Wilf Auditorium (Room 100)

Designed specifically for staff and faculty, the Ally Project explores ways to better support LGBTQA students and colleagues with multiple identities. This session will be led by Zaneta Rago-Craft, Director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities at Rutgers University. Register at princeton.edu/training

Sponsored by the LGBT Center, LGBT Employee Resource Group, LGBT Task Force, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Office of Human Resource, and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life