How to be an ally

Some Canadians think that because many 2SLGBTQ+ rights are protected by law, “everything’s OK now”. While much progress has been made, the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ people continue to be deeply affected to varying degrees by both historical and current oppression and discrimination. Some may be denied housing or employment but not be able to prove that the reason is that they are 2SLGBTQ+. For others, they may be afraid even to begin the complaint process.  


“When I first went to the home for a meeting, I noticed a photograph of a kid with a big rainbow kite. That was the very first image that I saw that helped me to feel comfortable. As it turned out, it had nothing to do with anything. It was her grandkid flying a kite and she had no consciousness around the fact that the kite had rainbow colours on it. There was no intention at all.”