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An ally is a heterosexual or cisgender individual who supports the LGBTQIA community. Allies are passionate about a range of issues that impact LGBTQIA individuals, including equality and civil rights, visibility, and putting an end to homophobia, transphobia, and biophobia.
An ally is sometimes called a heterosexual ally or a straight ally.
Allies provide valuable support for members of the LGBTQIA community, making them feel less alone and isolated from the wider community. They can also aid assimilation and help the LGBTQIA community improve their social standing. Some people are more receptive to the opinions of allies than members of the LGBTQIA community.
True allies are sincere in their support for the LGBTQIA community. They speak up when they see injustice and make efforts to understand LGBTQIA issues. They behave with compassion and respect. They also feel being an ally is a year-round pursuit, rather than simply behaving like an ally during Pride celebrations. They also don’t position themselves as an ally to gain any advantage in their own lives.