To mark this year’s IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia), LGBT Foundation has 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. IDAHOBIT – the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – is 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, says: “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”
To mark the launch of this guide, which can be found here, LGBT Foundation has also brought together members of LGBT communities and prominent allies, including politicians, activists and campaigners to recognise the importance of allies in the creation of a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are able to reach their full potential.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham added: “We’re proud that our city-region is a place where people are free to be themselves. But the sad fact is too many trans people face hatred, abuse and violence simply because of who they are – even here in Greater Manchester. That makes it all the more important for all of us to step up and be good friends and allies to our marginalised communities.
“I am proud to be Mayor of a city-region that celebrates our diversity and I have a simple message for all of our LGBT community: I support you and stand with you. In Greater Manchester you are not, and never will be, alone.”
Juno Roche, writer and campaigner, said:“An ally listens, really listens to us and rather than speaking for us they step aside and support us in talking up and talking out. An ally helps us to create and fund trans and non binary specific space(s), spaces like cliniQ. An ally doesn’t just see us as a ‘cause’ or as a ‘set of tragic data’ an ally sees us as someone they could fall in lust or love with.”
The full list of supporters is:
- Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham
- Councillor Bev Craig
- Christine Burns MBE
- Meg-John Barker
- Rachel Waterman
- Fox Fisher
- Ugla Stefania/Owl
- Juno Roche
- Oliver Thorn/Philosophy Tube
- Linda Riley
LGBT Foundation will be sharing messages from these community members or supporters on social media throughout the day.