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Allies wanted - this article poses a string of provocative situations and in each case asks, "What would a queer ally do?" They would be GREAT discussion starters in a class or a Gay-Straight Alliance meeting.

Assessment of Homophobia/Heterosexism - from The Allies Program at the University of Delaware.

"Be An Ally, Be A Friend" resource guide - from GLAAD, the Gay, Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. It includes sections on: 10 Ways to be an Ally & a Friend; Is your child gay?; Teen & student allies; Stop anti-gay violence & bullies; Images in the media; When your mom or dad is gay; The workplace & LGBT issues; Equal rights, not special rights; Faith issues; Straight spouses; Concerns about HIV/AIDS; Additional Online Resources; Books.

Be an Ally to Gays & Lesbians - provides specific suggestions for supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people; discusses comfort levels, assumptions and stereotypes; offers a plan for backing GLBT people. Brochure number 061; 32 cents each for 50 brochures; single copy as free sample. 

Building Anti-Racist GSA's (pdf format) - this page on the GSA Network's site (1) addresses some of the reasons GSA's are disproportionately white and (2) proposes strategies for addressing some of those reasons and building diverse, anti-racist organizations!!

Guide to Being a Straight Ally - the first official Straight for Equality publication from PFLAG, intended for allies of all levels. Not sure how to speak up for your gay friends…or if you even should? Ready to speak up, but not certain if you’ve got the right vocabulary? Looking for a way to voice your opinion without sounding like the office downer? This is your book. Find out what it means to be a straight ally, read real-life comments from other allies who talk about their experiences, and get five solid ways to get started in coming out as an ally, speaking up more often, and joining in the effort to achieve equality for all. $2.50 each (PFLAG members receive a 50% discount.) 

How to be an Ally (pdf format) - goal: to raise awareness about the effects of high school homophobia and give teens the tools they need to become LGBT allies. Approximate total time for this activity: 40–60 minutes. from Teenwire - Planned Parenthood® Federation of America.

I Thought I Knew You: Quick Answers for Friends of Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Teens - a pamphlet written by a private individual and posted on the Thaler Family: Stopping the Silence website. It is a very good, simple starting place for a friend to whom someone comes out.

I Thought I Knew You Too: Quick Answers for Friends of Transgender Teens - another pamphlet written by a private individual on the Thaler Family: Stopping the Silence website.

Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender - Planned Parenthood’s Teen Wire pages about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Stand Up! - Don't Stand for Homophobic Bullying: an Irish anti homophobic bullying advertisement created as part of BeLonG To Youth Services annual Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Weeks. The campaign promotes friendship amongst young people as a way to combat homophobic bullying. Written & Directed by Anna Rodgers & Aoife Kelleher, Produced by Zlata Filipovic. Crossing the Line Films for BeLonG To Youth Services. For more information on the campaign please see:

Straight for Equality - across the country, thousands of allies – straight individuals who don’t necessarily have a family member who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) – are seeing big changes in the way that their GLBT friends and colleagues are treated. While many of these changes are good, there’s still a long way to go before equality is reached. The problem is that many of these allies want to help, but just don’t know how, or if they’re needed, or, for that matter, where to start. Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education project from PFLAG to empower allies in supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in three primary arenas: our homes, our workplaces, and our communities.

A Straight Guide to GLBT Americans (pdf format) - from PFLAG and HRC - written for straight people walks you through the emotional spectrum that people typically feel after someone comes out to them, outlines myths and facts about GLBT people, and gives easy ways for straight people to learn more and demonstrate their support for GLBT Americans.

Transgender Issues, Terms & Definitions - this page from the GSA Network is specifically for Gay-Straight Alliances, but useful for everyone.

When a Friend Comes Out to You - on the Ally website at Texas A&M University, adapted from a flyer by the Youth Service Bureau of Wellington, Ottawa.


How To Tell People They Sound Racist

by Jay Smooth, host of WBAI's Underground Railroad, in New York City.

July 21, 2008


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