Welcome to LGBTQ+ for Dummies
-- Part 3 -- What is an ally and can they attend PRIDE events?
It's PRIDE month and we're celebrating and learning more about the LGBTQ+ community. And as a straight white male, I thought it fitting that I'd ask the uncomfortable questions many of us are afraid to ask. To answer these questions we have special guest expert Michelle Raymond from myGwork, a LinkedIn-like platform for the LGBTQ+ community, who will be droppin' the knowledge.
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LGBTQ+ INTRO (1m 1s):
Welcome to LGBTQ plus for Dummies part three. It's Pride month, and we're celebrating and learning more about the LGBTQ plus community. And as a straight white dude, I thought it might be fitting that I would ask the uncomfortable questions many of us are afraid to ask. To answer these questions we have special guest expert, Michelle Raymond from My G Work, a LinkedIn like platform for the LGBTQ plus community. She will be dropping the knowledge. Let's do this.
Chad (1m 41s):
Thanks for joining us again, Michelle. Now let's jump into question number three. This one comes from David in Bridgeport, Connecticut. David writes what's an ally and can they attend Pride events?
Michelle (1m 57s):
David, yes! The answer is yes, but let me break it down just a little bit. So I think sometimes people have a hard time understanding the word allyship. So here's a couple of examples of allyship that may be recognizable to you. So one could be support for veterans, advocating for women's rights to vote, flexible working and especially in times of COVID, I mean, come on, but also just supporting someone's mental health and wellbeing. These are all examples of allyship. So when we break down that word, I mean, just recognize that all of these causes have benefited and advanced because of active allyship, but also in addition to the efforts of those that were impacted by the actual agenda. So, you know, who can be an ally? The answer is simple, anyone can be an ally, okay.
Michelle (2m 40s):
And this can be for many different groups of people, but specifically when we're talking about the LGBTQ+ community, it doesn't matter if you're heterosexual, cisgender, a member of the community, you are someone that supports the unique needs and struggles of the people from within the LGBTQ plus community. So when comes to Pride in showing up a couple things to note here. Yes, you're invited, but there are other people who are not like me who feel otherwise. So if you do come across someone who thinks that, you know, for example, you don't belong well, just respect where they're coming from, it may be a place that you're not familiar with, but in my mind, and I think the minds of many, you are a welcome presence because I understand that gay rights and where we are today, yes, they've made waves in the last 50 some years, but at the same time, there's still a lot of issues that need to be addressed.
Michelle (3m 32s):
And so to have a strong ally support system is crucial for the LGBT community. And that's why, in my opinion, I would be very happy to have members that identify as ally at my events.
Chad (3m 44s):
I'd say, as a straight white male with my wife in tow, I've never felt so comfortable in being in a part of those parades, those events, being an ally. I think for myself, it means being able to be there for those people that you support. And they really not just enjoy you being there, but they appreciate that. So again, Michelle, thank you so much for coming in, dropping some knowledge on us.
Michelle (4m 14s):
Thank you. I appreciate it.
Chad (4m 15s):
And don't forget, this is only one of many of these LGBTQ plus for Dummies. Look for more episodes. We out.
LGBTQ+ OUTRO (4m 48s):
Thank you to Michelle and the crew over at My G Work for participating in LGBTQ plus for Dummies, a pride special podcast series from the Chad and Cheese, HR's most dangerous podcast. Check us firstname.lastname@example.org and subscribe on Apple, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or wherever you listen to podcasts.