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Straight Allies

Orlando Shooting -- From Tragedy To Hope | JimmyWIN Show (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 07.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Can any positive hope come out of the tragic Orlando shooting at gay nightclub Pulse?

Confessions Of A Straight White Male

James McCrae | Posted 07.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
James McCrae

Human nature does not go gently into that good night, but the time has come to evolve past the outdated impulses that no longer serve us.

Be More Gay

Robyn Vie Carpenter | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Robyn Vie Carpenter

We must not cancel any plans that we had to celebrate Pride. In fact, invite more people. Make our numbers bigger. Let's double the size of every Pride celebration for the rest of the year, holding hands with our friends, family, partners, spouses, children and allies.

To All Straight, Cis, White, Millennial Men: I Dare You To Read Trump's Words

Tyler Prendergast | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Tyler Prendergast

In all likelihood, Trump is not going to win female voters, or black voters, or Latinx voters, or LGBTQ+ voters, or any other marginalized group of voters. If he wins, it's going to be because of people like you and me.

How We Lose Our Allies and How We Can Gain Them Back

Keay Nigel | Posted 03.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Keay Nigel

On top of time and patience, we also must be willing to teach and guide our allies.

6 Easy Ways to Make Me, a Transgender Person, Extremely Uncomfortable

Ravishly | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Ravishly

My favorite question is when someone asks me what I was "born as." The answer is simple: A badass. An alien. A badass alien. I think it's safe to say that I will share any details about my past -- whether it's about my gender or not -- if and when I feel comfortable doing so.

To Be An LGBT Ally Requires Action, Not An Identity

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

If your allying with the LGBT community began and ended with a rainbow-infused Facebook profile picture, it was a posture. Acting as an ally, however, is rarely a comforting move.

Bro-Porn Revisited: Heterosexualizing Straight White Men's Anti-homophobia (Again)

Tristan Bridges | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tristan Bridges

Part of the "humor" in these forms of digital activism is that these guys are so straight that no one would ever actually think they are gay. In doing so, they actually shore up heterosexual privilege -- albeit in a new and unorthodox fashion.

Dear Straight Men, Come Out Already

Mason Hsieh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mason Hsieh

Apparently, they called it a "bro-job," which referred to the oral sex the male rowers occasionally engaged in with one another in the showers back in high school.

A Thank You Note to Straight People

Brent Almond | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

A recent article in the Washington Post repeatedly downplays the significance of 26 million Facebook users changing their profile photos to the colors of the rainbow flag. I disagree. The victory of same-sex marriage can (and should) be shared by the entire country.

Why Would Anyone Diss Gay Rights Allies?

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Lev Raphael

A young gay writer just published an opinion piece telling people to stop displaying the rainbow flag colors on their profile photos. Why? Because "[g]ay pride is not something you can claim by waving a flag." Because "[t]he rainbow symbol is easy to co-opt, but the experience it represents is not." Because these people "were celebrating a victory they had no part in winning."

Want To Be An Ally To All Marginalized People? Stop Using These Everyday Words

Mashable | Katie Dupere | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact

You're all about thoughtful solidarity. Your favorite word is "problematic." You're constantly on that social justice grind. I mean, come on, you even...

Welcome to the Party: Gay Men Have Been Appreciating 'Dad Bods' for Years

Brent Almond | Posted 05.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

Dad Bods aren't a new trend, at least not with the always-ahead-of-the-curve Gays. Gay men have been celebrating their stout brethren for decades, declaring definitively that Fat + Hairy ≠ Undateable. They're called Bears, and I want to officially welcome you to the party!

Where Do Gay Dads Fit Into 'Amazon Mom'?

Brent Almond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

Being a two-dad family, it was a little annoying to see yet one more thing that made us feel invisible. However, we were still jumping through hoops to complete our adoption, and advocating in our home state to legalize same-sex marriage. We had more important battles to wage.

Trying to Be a Better Ally

Barbara Holm | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Barbara Holm

Much of my stand-up is about feminist issues, and because of that, I've been called "man-hating," but I believe when a man talks about feminist issues, people listen more, as disheartening as that is.

How This Straight, Cisgender Man Deals With Aggression Against His LGBT Advocacy

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Just because you don't self-identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender does not mean your advocacy isn't welcome. However, that isn't exactly t...

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

Becoming Willing to Tell Our (Tragically) Unflattering but Still (Super) Effective Stories of Trans Allyship

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I've been asked to write about my own journey as a gay woman who is an out-and-proud trans ally, and I feel not brave but kind of useless. Let me explain.

Jimmy Carter, Sunday School Teacher And Former President, Takes A Stand For Gay Rights

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

A packed college auditorium roared with applause when former President Jimmy Carter took a stand for gay rights. When asked about his views on hum...

The Business Case for Ally Engagement

Joanne Sprague | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joanne Sprague

For LGBT inclusion in particular, policy alone doesn't drive culture: 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, yet 53 percent of LGBT workers remain closeted at work.

Being a Trans Ally: Where to Begin

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Being a good ally begins with listening and actually hearing what transgender people have to say about their lives. When people actually do listen, the results can be remarkable.

Why Does a Straight Woman Care About Same-Sex Marriage?

Meredith Allard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Meredith Allard

Once we learn to see the stories of LGBT people not as "their" story but as human stories, then we can see that we are interconnected and our struggles are universal. After all, all people have to learn to feel comfortable in their own skin. We all have parts of ourselves that we need to come to terms with and accept, whether we're gay or straight.

The Ties That Bind Us

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

As a transgender woman I get asked by gays and lesbians quite frequently how the T fits in the LGBT, and why transgender rights should be part of the larger gay agenda. Rather than shrug off the question, I take the time to actually answer.

Why Do You Care Who Wears The Pants In My Relationship?

Samantha Eyler | Posted 09.28.2014 | Women
Samantha Eyler

Contrary to what lots of straight men think, this feminist is not trying to dominate men. In fact, men who don't have a good enough sense of themselves to advocate for their own needs don't attract me at all.

Columbia, Kellogg and Ross Ranked Most LGBT-Friendly Business Schools in America

Joanne Sprague | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joanne Sprague

Ally photo booths. Happy hours co-hosted by the LGBT and Veterans clubs. Section competitions to get the most students to sign an LGBT inclusion pled...