What made you realize that you were an ally? Were you always one? If not, what changed your perspective? I think I always have been an ally. I am 62 years old (!!!) and was raised in a household where discrimination was not tolerated. It’s how my husband and I raised our children as well. We are all “protectors” in my family – meaning, as long as you cause no harm, we will defend your right to live your life as you choose. We will defend your right to do so. We are all made in the image of God and God is the definition of diversity. Simply look around you! My son, wrote a beautiful song that I think delivers the message well:
“Once You Know” by Danny Glynn
You’ve seen the same sunrise
You love the same blue sky as I do
You feel the same wind blow
You have the same blood flowing
You are as I am
Wherever you may be
You are whole, you are perfect
You are beautiful and free.
*This song is copyrighted 2010*
What is your favorite thing about the LGBT+ community?
For the most part, my friends are fun and funny! Once they overcome the obstacles put in front of them by those that would challenge who they are, they are able to relax and fully participate in life. I have been witness to the process and the release is palpable. I once worked with this great guy and we would go to lunch at least once a week. He would talk about his partner, Darryl, all the time. For some reason, I just assumed that Darryl was his girlfriend. Now this went on for months until one day I said something about “her”. David looked at me with his food halfway to his mouth and burst out laughing. I had no idea why! Trust me, he had great fun telling that story when he finally introduced me to Darryl! They still love to tell it to others! What I love about this story is the fact that the things that David was sharing with me about Darryl were the same types of things that a heterosexual would share. I had no idea until it was pointed out to me.
If you could teach someone about the community, what would you tell them?
Talk to members of this community. Ask questions. Get to know them. They are human beings, just like you and me. The only difference is the labels we use. The anger and cruelty that we witness is based in the fear of not knowing. Ask questions, learn something. Don’t be so quick to judge what you haven’t bothered to investigate.
As a part of the LGBT+ I believe that our allies are not given as much credit as they should receive, and society could learn a thing or two from Diane.
Thank you Diane for your response!
Be the baddest bitch you can be.
Never underestimate the difference you can make every day!