National LGBT charity the LGBT Foundation, have launched an easy-to-read guide on how to be an ally to trans people.
The guide includes information on asking about someone’s pronouns, how to support a friend if they come out as trans and how to show your support for trans people. It also covers what to do if you make a mistake, what to do if you have a friend or relative who keeps making jokes about trans people as well as a range of other topics.
The guide has been launched to coincide with IDAHOBIT, a worldwide co-ordination of events and campaigns to fight discrimination against people from LGBT communities. IDAHOBIT takes place annually on May 17th, chosen on the anniversary of the day the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990.
Emma Meehan, Assistant Director of Public Affairs for LGBT Foundation, said:
“We know that for many, seeing the recent wave of vitriol and attacks against trans people has motivated them to take a stand and be a better and more vocal supporter of the trans community. This can often be a daunting place to start, as many people want to be allies but feel like they don’t have the knowledge and worry about making mistakes. This guide gives people the tools to stand with their trans siblings in the fight for equality, whether that be advice on standing up against transphobia, or offering a hand of support in times of need. We know that in the end, equality wins, and together we can secure an equal future for all LGBT people”
The full guide can be found at: www.lgbt.foundation/downloads/transalliesguide