LGBT community in Mzansi is going through a tough time—to say the least. Their rights are under attack, something that we shouldn’t even be debating in 2021.
If you’re not a member of the “alphabet gang” it’s easy to label them as “clout seekers” or blame them for the cancel culture. Perhaps there shouldn’t be “us” and “them” in the first place. The worst is the violence, exclusion and killing of LGBT people.
Heterosexual privilege – the everyday privileges straight people in society. It should be a thing of the past!
For example, the ability to display attraction or affection (e.g., holding hands or kissing in public) to the opposite gender in public without fear of judgment or even violence.
Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, can support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Being an “ally” doesn’t only mean sharing tweets about gay rights or use the rainbow flag as your profile picture. And while there is no step-by-step guide of being an allay, doing so requires action, education and advocacy.
For the LGBT community, an ally is a straight and/or cisgender person who supports and advocates for LGBT people. Do you want to become an ally?
It’s not something you can do in closed doors or behind your computer screen. Allies can be effective and powerful voices for the LGBT equality, and can’t only help LGBT people feel comfortable coming out, but also help others understand the importance of equality and fairness for all people.
The first step in protecting LGBT people in our communities is coming out as an ally. Be proud to support our brothers and sisters of the LGBT community. Remember at Manbox we’re all about encouraging each other to be the best versions of ourselves.
Bro, are you an LGBT ally? If yes, please share your experience or details of the movements you support in your community.