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You’ve been invited to a Pride celebration. You don’t identify as LGBT, but you have a lot of friends that do. You support and love them, and want to come along, but maybe are not entirely sure how to act in an event like this. Worry not, here are some tips on how to be the best Ally during Pride:
1. Attend With a Group of Queer Friends
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You will definitely enjoy the event more if you go with someone who knows the ropes. And even better if it’s a group. Pride is a “the more, the merrier” event. So send a text to your squad, plan your outfit, and get ready for the day together.
2. Don’t Go Over the Top with Those Compliments
Sometimes a little goes a long way. All the queer folks probably don’t need to hear over and over how much you love them and support them and are here for them. You attended, which is a big sign of support, so let that act speak for itself. Although no amount of compliments is enough for a good outfit.
3. You Will Be Shocked and that’s OK
People go ALL OUT when it comes to Pride. They take the event, and the outfit to go along with it, very seriously. So you will see everything, from extravagant costumes worthy of Broadway to people wearing little to no clothes at all. It will be a lot to take in, so just be prepared.
4. People May Flirt With You and that’s OK
It’s a mostly gay event, so it’s safe to assume a lot of people will think you identify as such, too. Maybe someone will even flirt with you a little, or ask for your number. If you are not interested, just be polite about it. There will be plenty of fish for everyone.
5. Get Informed and Engage with the Conversation
Now more than ever, it’s important to be informed about the latest state of LGBT current events and stay current on the conversation.
6. Go with the Flow
It will certainly be a day of unexpected twists. Music shows, and games, and meeting new friends, and going to new places. Just go with it. Try not to have a strict plan, and go with whatever happens (as long as it’s safe and you’re comfortable). The best nights start out that way.
7. Don’t Be an Ally just for that Weekend
Pride is the one weekend of the year where the LGBT community outwardly celebrates itself, but it is by no means the only moment it should be able to. Don’t be an ally just for that day; support your friends and their causes all year long because chances are that’s when they need it most.
8. Have Fun
Above everything, just have a good time. That’s what the day is about. Don’t worry too much about saying or doing the right thing. You want to be there and the rest will come on its own. We all thank you for your support!
Check out Our First Times – Getting Ready for Pride w/ The Rhodes Bros, Kellie Sweet and Amy Ordman below!