Being an 2SLGBTQI+ Ally
An ally is someone who actively and consistently supports, stands with and advocates for the 2SLGBTQI+ communities. Allyship is a process of continual learning and reflection.
As public servants, it is our responsibility to treat all people with dignity and promote a healthy and respectful workplace. By following the tips provided in this job aid, you can contribute to building a workplace that is inclusive of everyone.
What can I do to be an Ally?
Share your pronouns
By sharing your pronouns, you can help people use more inclusive language and create space for others to share their pronouns if they feel comfortable.
Here are a few situations where you can choose to share your pronouns:
- in email signatures
- in team and organizational charts
- when introducing yourself to new colleagues or in meetings
Use gender-inclusive language
When you are not certain of someone's pronouns, or when you are addressing a large group of people (in person, virtually or in writing), use language that is inclusive of all genders.
- Use someone’s first and last name instead of gendered titles (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss) wherever possible.
- Use they/theirs instead of he/his or she/hers or his/hers (in documentation, during presentations, etc.).
- Use partner/spouse instead of wife/husband or boyfriend/girlfriend.
Demonstrate your support and participate in activities
By demonstrating your support and participating in activities, you can meet people from 2SLGBTQI+ communities and network with other allies to collaborate on ideas for support and action.
- Promote and participate in events of celebration and recognition.
- Display a pride flag in your workspace.
- Promote and participate in learning events from your organization or the Canada School of Public Service
- Join an Employment Equity and Diversity Committee, 2SLGBTQI+ Network or a support group that is open to allies.
By speaking up when you hear or see discrimination and exclusionary behaviour, you are standing in support and solidarity with 2SLGBTQI+ communities and contributing to a safer workplace for all.
Examples of discriminatory and exclusionary behaviour include:
- demeaning jokes
- offensive or stereotypical remarks
- exclusionary comments and expressions
- content in documents or learning products that is sex and gender-restrictive
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