LGBTQ+ Inclusion & Allyship:
Embracing Diversity for Pride 2024


What is Pride and Its Origins?

Pride is an annual celebration that honours the LGBTQ+ community, its history, achievements, and ongoing struggles. The origins of Pride date back to the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, a series of protests led by LGBT individuals in response to police raids at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. These riots marked a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBT rights and ignited the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Pride Month, celebrated every June, commemorates this significant event and serves as a reminder of the progress made and the work still needed to achieve full equality.


Key Issues Affecting the LGBTQ+ Community

Despite significant strides toward equality, the LGBTQ+ community still faces various challenges, including:

  • Discrimination: In many areas of life, such as employment, healthcare, and housing.
  • Mental Health: Higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide compared to the general population due to stigma and discrimination.
  • Violence: Increased risk of hate crimes and violence.
  • Legal Barriers: Inconsistent legal protections across different regions and countries.


Allyship involves supporting and advocating for marginalised communities, even if you do not belong to those communities yourself. It’s about using your privilege to amplify the voices of those who are often unheard and working towards equality and justice.

Practical Steps for Effective Allyship

    • Educate Yourself: Learn about LGBTQ+ history, issues, current topics and terminology.
    • Listen:  to the experiences, challenges and specific ways you can support  LGBTQ+ individuals
    • Speak Up: Challenge discriminatory remarks and behaviours when you see them, amplify voices from marginalised groups
    • Visibly Show Support: by attending events, wearing rainbow lanyards, speaking positively about LGBT+ news.
    • Challenge Assumptions: around stereotypes, stale beliefs or stigmas,  collective assumptions about the LGBTQ+ community; individuals will have their own views and preferences. 
    • Be Mindful about Confidentiality: An LGBTQ+ person should always have control over who they come out to and how they do it. Do not assume that because someone is out to you, they are out to everybody. If someone comes out to you, you might want to check how open they wish to be.

How to Productively Disagree

Engaging in conversations about LGBTQ+ issues can sometimes lead to disagreements. It’s important to approach these discussions with respect and a willingness to listen. Here are some tips:

  • Listen Actively: Pay attention to the other person’s perspective without interrupting.
  • Stay Calm: Maintain a composed demeanour, even if the conversation becomes heated.
  • Use “I” Statements: Express your thoughts and feelings using “I” statements to avoid sounding accusatory.
  • Seek Common Ground: Focus on areas of agreement to build a foundation for mutual understanding.

The Importance of Respecting Differences

Respecting differences is not just about tolerance; it’s about embracing diversity and recognising the value that different perspectives bring to our communities. By respecting differences, we can create an environment where everyone feels valued and included. 

Pride 2024 is not just a celebration; it’s a call to action. By understanding the origins of Pride, familiarising ourselves with LGBTQ+ terminology, recognising key issues, engaging in respectful dialogue, and practising effective allyship, we can contribute to a more inclusive and supportive society. Let’s embrace diversity and work together to create a world where everyone can live authentically and without fear. Happy Pride! 🌈