Tips For A Straight Ally

There are a few things you need to think about when joining us in celebration. Going to Pride means entering an LGBTQ+ space as a guest. And that’s something that should be done with careful consideration. If you want to be a better straight ally at Pride, here are some pointers to keep in mind to make sure you’re celebrating responsibly.

Learn the history. The Stonewall riots were started by trans women of colour in the summer of 1969. Margate Pride might look like an all-day party, but be sure to raise a glass to people like Marsha P. Johnson who fought for our right to live and love.

Don’t be judgy – The straight couple you see? Not necessarily straight. Margate Pride isn’t just for gay boys and girls; it’s for anyone under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. If you aren’t down with the whole rainbow, this is not for you.

Mind your language. There are words that we the LGBTQ+ community can use that you cannot. Just because we call ourselves homo, queer, dyke, in the safety of our community, do not assume that permits you to do the same.

Only take photos with permission. Just because someone is at Pride, doesn’t mean that they’re out. If you’re going to party with the queers, make sure you keep us safe and for the love-of-Madonna, ask before you pose with a drag queen.

Recognise your privilege. You’re entering Pride with a lot of privilege, at a time when threats of homophobia and transphobia towards our community are still rife. Joining us in celebration means joining us in the struggle — and that doesn’t just happen on a single day. An ally who comes to Pride should be an ally that shows up for the community every day. Straight For Equality have a fantastic introduction package: “Guide to Being a Straight Ally”

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