06/20/2013 09:50 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

8 Ways Not To Be An 'Ally': A Non-Comprehensive List


People like to throw around the term "ally". White people who claim to be anti-racist, non-disabled folks who claim to be invested in challenging ableist norms, cis queers who claim to understand the importance of trans* visibility. People claim "ally" for themselves regularly and with ease. But the truth is that being an ally takes more work than most of us imagine. In fact, it takes constant vigilance. And there are many ways we fail at it everyday. Frankly, some of us are just totally doing it wrong.

To help sort it out, I've compiled this list of "8 Ways Not To Be An Ally" and I hope it's useful.

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