GLBTQ Allies Training

Become a more visible and supportive resource for the campus GLBTQ community

Want to learn how to become a more visible and supportive resource for the campus GLBTQ community? Come and join the TTU Student Counseling Center and Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center in allies training and become an ALLY!

What is an Ally?

An "Ally" is "a person who strives to end the discrimination of the oppressed population in their personal and professional life by being an advocate for the LGBTQ community. There have more and more LGBT Ally organizations strive to make the culture of a campus or workplace more aware and accepting of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

An Ally strives to:

  • be a friend
  • be a listener
  • be open-minded
  • have their own opinions
  • be willing to talk
  • recognize their personal boundaries
  • join others with a common purpose
  • believe that all persons regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression should be treated with dignity and respect
  • recognize when to refer an individual to additional resources
  • confront their own prejudices
  • engage in the process of developing a culture free of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism
  • recognize their mistakes, but not use them as an excuse for inaction
  • be responsible for empowering their role in a community, particularly as it relates to responding to homophobia or transphobia
  • recognize the legal powers and privileges that cisgender straight people have and which LGBT people are denied
  • support the Ally program of their university or workplace
  • commit themselves to personal growth in spite of the discomfort it may sometimes cause

As important as it is to define what an Ally is in a positive sense, it is also helpful to understand the boundaries of an Ally's role.

An Ally is NOT:

  • someone with ready-made answers
  • necessarily a counselor, nor are they necessarily trained to deal with crisis situations
  • expected to proceed with an interaction if levels of comfort or personal safety have been violated

For more information and to register for the training, please contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler, amanda.wheeler@ttu.edu