Role of an ALLY
What is an ALLY?
An ALLY affirms the experience and rights of GLBTI persons and challenges the homophobic and heterosexist values of others in a variety of ways including by individual example and personal awareness. A UoN ALLY understands the reasons why many transgender, bisexual, gay, lesbian or intersex people are not in positions to speak out on their own behalf, or are fearful of being harassed or discriminated against.
ALLIES are people who strongly support the University's stance on making this an environment where all people can safely work and study free from harassment or discrimination. ALLIES are not identified as being heterosexual or GLBTI, but are representative of the entire UoN community.
A UoN ALLY has undertaken a short training program during which they have learnt about issues GLBTI members of the University community deal with as a consequence of their sexuality or gender identity. ALLIES are not experts about matters of sexuality and gender identity, but continue to develop their knowledge about these matters through maintaining a connection with the ALLY Network, attending further ALLY seminars and professional development opportunities.
What to expect from an ALLY
- A 'safe space
- An open, accepting attitude
- Opportunity to be listened to, and be understood
- A wide variety of referral avenues both on and off campuses
Expectations of ALLIES
A UoN ALLY is expected to:
- Be a role model for the University community through their behaviour and language
- Provide a confidential and safe environment for people to make enquiries and to seek information about issues related to GLBTI matters
- Work within and support existing equal opportunity and anti-discrimination policies
- Proactively raise the visibility of the UoN ALLY Network
- Actively seek to extend their own knowledge and understanding about the issues by attending occasional ALLY meetings and information sessions whenever possible
- Know when to refer on or seek further assistance