Many of us value and appreciate living in an inclusive society, but are often silent in our support. By speaking up, we can make it happen. We can change lives. And we can help save them.
When to speak up
Sometimes, it’s obvious that something isn’t right or someone needs your support when facing outright discrimination, abuse or bullying.
But there are other less obvious times when it’s important to speak up as well, such as:
- Reductive comments about the LGBTIQ+ acronym or lack of understanding about why pronouns and language are important
- Unintentional discrimination, such as breaking off into male versus female groups for activities
- Someone doing something supportive. Positivity is inspiring so share the good stories you see – the positive ways people show they care or have made changes at work, home or in the community to support someone who is LGBTIQ+.
How to speak up
There is no one-size-fits-all advice on how to speak up but there are some principles that will help you gain confidence in doing it safely:
- Stay calm and respectful (even if others aren’t)
- Always prioritise safety. Make sure you and others are physically safe
- Don’t argue. Say what you need to calmly, but don’t respond to taunting or baiting
- Be helpful. If appropriate, provide resources to help others learn
Remember, change takes time and patience. You can’t control other people’s opinions or behaviour. But by speaking up, you are supporting someone and providing a positive shield against any negativity whether it’s conscious or not.