Across the world, June is celebrated as Pride Month. This is a time in which the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and allies honour the pursuit of equality, recognize diverse identities, and advocate for a safer and more inclusive world.
At Tolko, we are committed to building a company and culture where everyone feels safe, included, respected, accepted, and valued. Part of creating this culture lies in building our own awareness of diversity and inclusion, and learning to be allies.
How Can I Be an Ally?
Being an ally includes being supportive of, and standing up for the rights of people who belong to marginalized communities. What are some ways to be an ally?
1. Educate yourself: Learn about the experiences and struggles of marginalized communities.
2. Speak up: Use your voice to speak out against discrimination and hate.
3. Listen: When people share their experiences, listen to them with an open mind.
4. Support: Support organizations and campaigns that advocate for marginalized communities.
5. Be self-aware: Acknowledge the privileges that you have and recognize that others may not have the same access to opportunity.
6. Amplify voices: Use your platform to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.
Remember that being an ally is an ongoing process that requires effort, education, and empathy.
Want to know more?
What do the letters in 2SLGBTQIA+ stand for? Interested in learning about the history of 2SLGBTQIA+ rights in Canada? Click here to learn more. Happy #PrideMonth!
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