Hi, my name is Lauryn and I am an ally. Due to my skin color, ethnicity (I’m white), and sexual preference, I have been afforded many privileges. These privileges are so engrained in society that as a white/straight person, “heterosexual/白色特权“如果你活着，很容易被忽视。这些优势包括：通常与警方或权威的积极关系，在媒体中偏向于我的比赛，从种族主义或偏见的沟渠被绝缘，能够结婚，无论我想要的地方都能去由于皮肤的颜色，不必害怕被谋杀。
As a straight, white woman, I can be an ally to the Black and non-Black people of color, as well as LGBTQ communities.An ally is someone with privilege who stands with and in support of marginalized communities to dismantle systems of oppression.
要成为一个盟友，你必须支持边缘化社区。BIPOC是一种代表黑色，土着和颜色人的首字母缩写。LGBTQ是一个代表女同性恋，同性恋，双性恋，跨性别和奇怪/质疑的首字母缩写。这些是边缘化的社区，这意味着它们是，“a group [that] is denied involvement in mainstream economic, political, cultural and social activities due to their living conditions, lifestyles or exclusion.”
Ways to be an Ally to BIPOC and LGBTQ
Don’t Make it About Yourself
Get Educated and Continue to Learn
Being an ally means becoming a lifelong learner. It takes continuous work and education to begin to understand what it feels like to be alienated as a group of people. Personally, I have found it is best to think & educate myself before I speak. This is a difficult thing for many people who are used to being well regarded, respected, and listened to in their communities and professions. It is crucial that a true ally of BIPOC and LGBTQ people be humble in their pursuit of information and understanding.
如果你看到有人麦e an ignorant or indecent comment, it’s an ally’s job to say something. This happens more and more frequently online than off, but standing up for what is right wether in a social media feed or on the street is of equal importance. Call attention to people’s inappropriate behavior, first with understanding and kindness, to teach them to do better. The goal is not to argue but to educate others. People who feel like they’re being castigated or scolded are more likely to bristle up and resist what you have to say if you do so with scorn. Remember, passive silence allows the voice of the oppressor to be heard, allies should be heard more.
This step is a bit more tricky, because BIPOC and LGBTQ are individuals and may not want someone else fighting their battle. Be sure that before intervening, you allow them to be heard. The goal is not to take away a marginalized community’s opportunity to stand up for itself but to stand with and assist them where you can. However, if you see violent acts being committed due to someone’s skin color or lifestyle, it is time to do something and help out a fellow human by stopping the brutality. Violence is not the answer whether on the side of right or wrong, and all life must be regarded as safe and protected.
Sit with Discomfort
The realization that straight, white privilege has afforded opportunities will be uncomfortable. It will remain uncomfortable while unpacking this system of oppression. An ally understands that talking about intolerance is a difficult conversation that require self-reflection and disagreeable feelings. Remember that growth comes from being on the edge of the comfort zone and can only happen when pushing through that feeling.