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Advice for those on the verge

Dear Minerva,

What roles do allies play in the LGBTQIA community?

Sincerely,

Curious

Dear Curious,

Darling one, no one ever achieves success alone. Allies serve a valuable function beyond mere support in the storm. There is a whole part of society that has been taught to hate those who are different from them. No matter how loudly, passionately or tearfully a member of the LGBTQIA community pronounces their truth and the pain of oppression, some people will never be open to hearing it. Allies can help bridge that gap. There are always far more followers than there are leaders in this world and if a person sees someone like themselves, openly supporting and embracing the very people they've been taught to hate, then a little seed of understanding is planted. They see those actions repeated, and they start thinking about it. They start realizing that if other people "like them" don't have a problem with the people that they were taught to hate, then why should they have a problem? Then that might lead to a desire to learn and mweet people who are different. Suddenly their world view expands. Their heart grows three sizes that day! They get over their indoctrinated hate by slowly chipping away at it with life experiences. Allies are an important part of the equality puzzle—whether it be sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Change happens slowly but beautifully.

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