How to Be a Better Trans Ally
The LGBTQ+ community is an all-accepting place that accepts love for all kinds of people. That being said, discrimination is stil prevalent within the LGBTQ+ community, specifically towards trans people. In this article, we’ll give you some basic tips on how to be a trans ally and how to better uplift trans people.
Research in your own time
Before doing anything else on this list, please conduct your own research on trans issues and trans culture. (This list alone should be your only source of research, this list contains very basic information!) It is not trans peoples’ responsibility to educate cis people on trans issues, if anything it is cis peoples’ responsibility to catch up. You can do this by researching trans history (both in your country and around the world), keeping up to date on trans issues at a local level, familiarizing yourself with trans people in your community, and learning the best ways to place trans voices in the spotlight.
Boost/donate to trans crowdfunds
Crowdfunding is an immensely important concept in the trans community. Depending on where they live, trans people are discriminated heavily enough that they are rendered unable to make a living for themselves. For some, crowdfunding is the only resort trans people can use to escape harmful environments who would otherwise be left behind. Donating to these crowdfunds gives trans people a chance at succeeding in whatever the money goes towards. If you are not in a position to donate, boosting (mass-sharing trans peoples’ crowdfund and content) trans crowdfunds spreads awareness to other people in hopes that they can get donations elsewhere.
Ask for and normalize pronouns
Pronouns have been used in the English language for centuries now, but this only stands to confirm how important they are for social interaction. Trans people have a right to be called by their desired pronouns just as everyone else does. (Please note that pronouns are never preferred, calling someone by what they want to be called by is not up for discussion. If your name was Jim, you wouldn’t like it if people called you Tim, would you?) A good way to show your support of pronouns is to make your own pronouns known publicly, such as displaying them on your social media. This normalizes discussing pronouns opening and widen the space for trans people to safely do the same. Also, asking people for their pronouns easily breaks the ice between such discussion and avoids misgendering incidents.
Listen to trans people
Last, but certainly not least, listen to trans people. Let me repeat that. Listen to trans people. Allyship means nothing if you do not put those you fight for first. If anything else, being an ally means standing up for a silenced group of people and creating space for them to thrive. The best way to do this is to simply listen to what trans people have to say and do what they ask. Trans people never ask for much, at the end of the day, everyone wants to be treated just as everyone else. Keeping trans needs that come directly from trans voices at the forefront of the movement benefits everyone involved.