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Ways to Be Better LGBTQ+ Allies

Swarthmore’s website has several great resources for supporting and allying with the LGBTQ+ community.

We wanted to share a few ways to demonstrate your commitment to and support for the LGBTQ+ community:

  1. Familiarize yourself with what preferred pronouns are, if you don’t already know.  Vanderbilt University has some great proactive ways to get started (one page PDF).
  2. Put your preferred pronouns in your email signature, if you haven’t already.  This is both a clarifying and supportive gesture, and here’s how to do it, via Samuel Merritt University.  Including a link to this definition of pronouns is helpful, too.
  3. Learn more about being an ally from this Cornell University post.

This is, of course, not a comprehensive list.  It’s a starting point.  And we hope you’ll get started or continue expanding your knowledge.

Here’s an example of my email signature:

Joel F. W. Price ’00
Pronouns: he/him/his
Technology Education Coordinator
Information Technology Services
Swarthmore College