It’s Transgender Awareness Week!
This means that it's a great time to make sure you’re ready to support the Trans and Nonbinary community. To learn what we can all do for our trans family and friends we turned to PFLAG - Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community.
According to PFLAG, here are 3 easy steps to being a better Trans Ally: Learn, Watch, Share.
Learn: Check out straightforequality.org/trans to help you learn more about what you can do to be a better ally to individuals who identify as transgender and/or nonbinary, no matter where you are on your ally journey.
What is “Straight for Equality”?
According to PFLAG, “Allies have been changing the world and expanding inclusion in phenomenal ways …. Launched in 2015, the newest module in the Straight for Equality program aims to provide allies with key learning tools, like the guide to being a trans ally, recommended resources and organizations doing trans inclusion work, and educational opportunities through the Straight for Equality in the Workplace program … whether you're an ally looking to expand your efforts or you identify as someone from the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community and you want to send the message that equality means equality for everyone, we're thrilled that you're here.”
Watch: Re-watch our Supporting Trans and Nonbinary Loved Ones: What Would You Do? PFLAG Academy Online session to keep your allyship skills sharp and focused. Want to learn more about Nonbinary identities? Be sure to also take a look at What The +?: Understanding and Supporting Expansive LGBTQ+ Identities.
Share: Use social media to help spread the word about virtual events in your community meant to commemorate Trans Awareness Week.
Taking the time to be a better ally sends the message that you care about your family, friends, and community.
We hope that these resources are as meaningful to you as they are to us!
- Abigail + David
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