How to Be an Ally for LGBTQ+ Youth

Here are five ways to let LGBTQ+ youth know you support them!

Be a Listener.

Although we’re progressing as a community, many LGBTQ+ teens may feel out of place. If an LGBTQ+ teen expresses themselves to you, JUST LISTEN.

Be Willing to Learn.

There are several terms used within the LGBTQ+ community, such as gender-fluid and non-binary. Familiarizing yourself with language that describes sexual orientation and gender expression will help you better understand LGBTQ+ youth.

Stop Making “Jokes.”

Anti-LGBTQ+ comments and jokes are harmful. It is highly offensive to say things like, “That’s so gay.” Words can be cruel. Be mindful of how you use them. Be intentional in unlearning offensive language that has been normalized.

Stand Up for LGBTQ+ Youth.

Bullying and harassment are NEVER OK. If you see something, SAY SOMETHING. Never let anyone make LGBTQ+ youth feel low about who they are or who they love.

At ASCI, we believe all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, deserve love and should be treated with dignity and respect.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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