the straight for equality ally spectrum
Straight for Equality is a program of PFLAG National designed to invite, educate, and engage allies in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality.
We like to think of allyship as a journey - one that is shaped by our diverse personal experiences and backgrounds and that no matter where that journey begins, we all have the potential to be allies to people who are LGBTQ. While for some people, being an ally feels like a title that's been with them forever, most allies have a journey to being more supportive, taking action, and owning their role as an ally. Some may be inspired to take the ally journey because of a specific event -- a friend or co-worker coming out to them, for example. Some find that it is just learning more about an issue, like the experiences of LGBTQ youth, that inspires them to learn more and get involved. Others may simply feel as if being an ally is the right thing to do.