How to be a supportive and effective ally

As part of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, co-chairs of Bath Spa+, Meg Roberston and Luanne Thornton, explore how to be better allies.

May 17 marks International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This day serves not just as a reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals, but also a call to action for allies to step up and make a difference.

As co-chairs of Bath Spa+, Meg Roberston and I - Luanne Thornton - are honoured to share our perspectives on how to be a supportive and effective ally.

What is allyship?

Allyship involves actively fighting for equality and justice. Allies help create inclusive environments where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feels safe and valued.

Allyship is an ongoing journey. Seeking feedback, updating your knowledge, and committing to personal growth.

At Bath Spa, we are committed to continuous improvement. We are expanding our Bath Spa+ network with a new committee system to better amplify voices. Additionally, we have strengthened our engagement with external organizations by sponsoring Bristol Pride.

Ways to Speak Up:

  • Addressing inappropriate comments or jokes immediately and calmly. 
  • Reporting discriminatory behavior to appropriate authorities or organizations. 
  • Support LGBTQIA+ Organizations. Many organizations are doing vital work to support the LGBTQIA+ community, from providing mental health resources to fighting for legal rights. 
  • Understanding LGBTQIA+ experiences, histories, and challenges is crucial. Read books, watch documentaries, and follow activists. Learn and use respectful terminology. 

Reading recommendations:

  • "The ABC’s of LGBT+" by Ashley Mardell
  • "The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook" by Anneliese A. Singh
  • "Sister Outsider" by Audre Lorde
  • "Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out" by Susan Kuklin
  • "Disclosure" (2020)
  • "Paris Is Burning" (1990)
  • "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" (2017)
Disclaimer: The Bath Spa blog is a platform for individual voices and views from the University's community. Any views or opinions represented in individual posts are personal, belonging solely to the author of that post, and do not represent the views of other Bath Spa staff, or Bath Spa University as an institution.



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