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Ally vs. Advocate conference proposal

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Madalyn Clemence

on 11 November 2015

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Transcript of Ally vs. Advocate conference proposal

Heterosexual White Female, working class background
The Rock in my Shoe
"There is nothing worse than an overzealous ally..."
I am an Ally
Ally: Someone who does not identify as LGBTQI, but is both supportive of their LGBT loved ones, and is an active supporter for complete LGBT
Nothing Worse: An overzealous Ally's tap dance with advocacy
Why: I am a passionate person who believes everyone deserves equal opportunities
What Have I done??
Stop Kiss by Diana Son
A beautiful and compelling love story about two women who fall in love in 1990's New York and the internal and external barriers that they face.
The Response...
"Because of my religious beliefs I debated even coming to see it but by the end I found myself rooting for them!"
~ Jan
Where is the line?
What about...?
Rasin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel
Schönberg and Alain Boublil
Diary of Ann Frank by Frances Goodrich
and Albert Hackett
My Leg Up
Let's talk about privilege:
Is it helpful to leverage my privilege as a heterosexual to start a conversation or to establish programs or policy? What is the limit?
If I succeed, does this undermine the value of what has been achieved?
What does your gut tell you?
Ultimately you need to use your instincts
Be aware
Think before you act
If you see someone in conflict, especially a teenager - it is always ok to appropriately intervene
What CAN we do?
More invasive - speaking on behalf of someone else
Supports someone when they advocate for themselves.
Another Ally

"Often, your voice as an ally can carry tremendous weight in these
environments in ways that the voices of GLBT people cannot.
" - Pflag, Straight for Equality

Speaks up
Speaks out
Pflag definition:
New Ally and Everyday Ally
Pflag definition:
Super Ally
What is too much? Where is the line? What is most helpful?
Step 1: Get Educated
Step 2: Speak Up
Step 3: Be Honest
Step 4: Support Equality
Step 5: Come Out
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