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Ally Week 2011

Ally Week: Equal Opportunity to Advocate for Equality

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Sharda Sekaran

My passion for being an LGBT advocate as a straight-identified person came from my personal journey and recognition from a very early age that equality was important because it could affect me, someone I care for or any other human being.

Ally Week: The Power of Hope

Minerva Figueroa | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Minerva Figueroa

"Mom, I am evil, I am dirty, I am a liar." I am in shock. Why is she saying these horrible things? Did she kill someone? Did she steal money? Why is she in so much pain? Her words fill the room: "Mami, I am in love with a girl."

Ally Week: Why I Am an Athlete Ally

Hudson Taylor | Posted 12.19.2011 | Gay Voices
Hudson Taylor

Homophobia seems wholly unaligned with the inclusivity and diversity necessary for winning. I believe that by appealing to individual honor, the honor of the team, and the sense of fairness that is ingrained in every athlete, change is possible.

Ally Week: A Grateful Mother Celebrates

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 12.18.2011 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Almost three years ago, my son Aiden, whom I saw as my daughter for the first 20 years, sat across from me at a restaurant table and bravely spoke the words that would begin our journey.

Ally Week: I Celebrate It Because I Value Equality

Juhu Thukral | Posted 12.17.2011 | Gay Voices
Juhu Thukral

A combination of personal and work experiences taught me that LGBT equality is about all of us, regardless of our own sexual orientation or gender identity, and that made me an ally.