Something that's been on my mind lately is 'what does it mean to be an Ally?'.
Here on GWJ it feels like there are a lot of allies to LGBTQ as demonstrated by action (at least on the forums) , however I'm not sure how many of you actually use that term. Whether you elect to use the term or not I'd like to hear what it means to you.
For members who are LGBTQ ; if someone says they're an ally what meaning does it carry for you?
My take is that it's largely a public statement of support. Personally I don't encounter many people using the term but when I do I tend to interpret it as 'support on all fronts'; actively voting in favor of things like gay marriage, actively educating against ignorance and stigma when the opportunity arises, and so on. The wiki page on 'straight ally' would seem to agree with this,
person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia and transphobia
but I know better than to assume everyone follows the wikipedia definition.
There may be something deeper that I'm rooting for but this is an okay start for now, perhaps it will manifest itself with discussion.