What Does Mean?

Consider these tips to sharpen your skills:

  • Be open-minded. Approach new situations as an opportunity to learn.
  • Be willing to talk and – more importantly – listen.
  • Be inclusive in your language. For example, tell someone you just met what your preferred pronouns (how you refer to yourself using words like “she, her, he, him” etc.) are and maybe they will share theirs with you.
  • Invite LGBTQ friends to events with your friends and family; these can be excellent learning experiences.
  • Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are heterosexual and/or cisgender. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming out process. Avoiding assumptions may give them the space that they need.
  • Homophobic/Heterosexist/Transphobic comments and jokes are always harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive and are not welcomed in your space.
  • Confront your own prejudices and biases, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  • Defend your LGBTQ friends and family against discrimination – both personal and political.
  • Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and/or expression and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect, and act as such.
  • Support and help organizations that work toward full LGBTQ equality.