A straight ally is a heterosexual man or woman who has contributed in some way to fostering equality for all human beings, particularly in regards to battling homophobia, ending discrimination, and supporting marriage equality. A straight ally fights for human rights, especially those denied gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with the knowledge that to deny equality to one segment of the population is to diminish all of us as human beings.
It’s not enough to stand alone, because no matter how tall one may stand this sort of social revolution will not be accomplished by one person. It will take a collective effort from all of us – gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, male and female – and change ~ true, lasting, meaningful change ~ can only begin with understanding and kindness, friendship and love.
We stand on the precipice of something great – a moment that matters. We have in our reach the power to make a difference, to make a change, to make the world a better place – whether that’s in something as simple as a shared laugh, or as deeply felt as a new way of thinking about what you may hold closest to your heart.
Tomorrow the next installment of this series will feature one of the early straight allies, Mr. Scott Herman. In many ways, Mr. Herman is a Straight Ally Super Hero of sorts, fighting for justice and equality both day and night. With his background as a fitness guru, he also has a pretty impeccable body to go with his good heart, and it’s always life-affirming when such a pretty package has some substance within. Stay tuned for Scott’s Straight Ally Profile, coming tomorrow…