June is the month of pride for LGBTQIA+ people all around the world. And though it’s a time for us to celebrate, you don’t have to be queer to join the party. Being a queer ally can feel like a complicated concept, but it just takes a little bit of work.
To be a queer ally, this year and every year, means coming in service to queer people, especially queer people of color. It’s listening and reflecting. It’s understanding how systems of oppression work and your role in dismantling those systems. It’s learning, but more importantly, it’s unlearning.
Here are some first steps toward being a supportive ally.
Listening. Seems simple, right? Well, if you’ve ever had a single conversation, you know that it’s not that easy. Anyone can stop talking long enough to give someone else the mic, but really listening is a totally different story.
It’s safe to say that most people don’t really know how to effectively listen. It’s more involved than you think! Now that we’re in close quarters with our loved ones, knowing how to lend an ear is more important than ever.
So we at Sex With Emily decided that we’d give you some tips on how to tune in, when tuning out is ever so simple. So, listen up, because it’s time to level up your listening game!