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PRIDE Month June 2021

PRIDE resources

How to be an Ally

How can you be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community?

There are many ways you can be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. Below are a few ways you can be an ally.

  1. Be a listener, be open-minded and be willing to talk. 
  2. Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  3. Use appropriate pronouns. You can show respect and sensitivity to your friends, family, and coworkers by asking how they identify and then using those identifiers when speaking to them or about them. 
  4. Speak up and defend LGBTQIA+ people against discrimination.
  5. Do not out someone. If someone comes out to you, it is not your place to share their story. 


GLAAD Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - An Ally's Guide to Terminology: Talking About LGBT People & Equality

Human Rights Campaign HRC - A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide

Harvard Business Review - Be a Better Ally

Writing Resources

Though these resources are targeted toward media professionals, for scholars and academics, they provide helpful tips and guidelines for inclusive writing.

GLAAD Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - Media Reference Guide 

Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University - The Diversity Style Guide 

Webinars @ NCU

From Pandemic to Pansexual: Focusing on the ++ in LGBTQIA++

Dr. Gary Walker-Roberts and special guest, Erika Fraas present: From Pandemic to Pansexual - Let's shift the subject just a little bit, shall we? Temporarily take your mind off the pandemic and come meet our special Pansexual guest, Erika Fraas. Erika was recently featured in Sephora's national "We belong to Something Beautiful" video series. Join Erika and NCU Alumnx Dr. Gary Walker-Roberts, Queer Scholar, to learn about the "++" in the acronym LGBTQIA++: Pansexual. Many people express to Dr. Walker-Roberts they feel comfortable with the LGBTQIA letters in the "alphabet soup," but often ask what the two ++ stand for at the end. Dr. Walker-Roberts decided to team up with Pansexual Expert Erika Fraas for a fun hour of all aspects Pansexual. It is an honor to have Erika join the conversation and teach us about Pansexuality. Do you often wonder "what does pansexual mean anyway"? Now is your chance to free your mind and become more knowledgeable in queerness. When we expand our knowledge base, we can move in a strong direction toward being more equitable and inclusive together. Following a brief presentation, Dr. Walker-Roberts will moderate a conversation with Erika. Thereafter, they will expand the conversation to all attendees to join in. Now is your chance to discover and broaden your knowledge about the "++" in the acronym. NCU is proud to create a respectful and safe learning environment focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Ace/Asexual Identities: Expanding the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow with Dr. Valerie Glass

Pride month celebrates sexual and gender minorities. One notable sexual orientation, the asexual (ace) spectrum, is often left out of discussions of LGBTQ rights and experiences despite the evolving presence of individuals identifying as ace spectrum. Ace spectrum identities encompass individuals who view themselves as notably “different” when it comes to sexual and/or romantic attraction. On one end of the ace spectrum are individuals who have no interest in a sexual relationship or a romantic relationship. At the other end of the spectrum are individuals who may experience sexual and/or romantic attraction in more varying ways (also known as demisexual or graysexual identities). This webinar will present research findings from a study with ace spectrum participants. The experiences of ace, demi, and gray identified individuals, the coming out process for ace spectrum identified individuals, the role of relationships in the lives of ace spectrum individuals, and the inclusion of these identities within queer communities will be discussed.

Minority Stress and Intersectionality in the LGBTQIA+ Community presented by Dr. Judith Cannon, NCU MFT Faculty, and Kyle Lucas, NCU MFT Student

How are you doing with the complex stress we are all currently experiencing? Are there differences for you as LGBTQIA+ community member or ally? How can we support each other through this? Join Dr. Judith Cannon, NCU MFT professor, and Kyle Lucas, MFT student, in exploring minority stress and intersectionality in the LGBTQIA+ community in the context of the current racial, health, economic and political crises. We also explore minority strength and resilience and how we might draw on these to address the current challenges.

The Shot Glass Heard Around the World: The Commencement of LGBTQ presented by NCU Alumnx, Dr. Gary Walker-Roberts

Come spend time with NCU's Doctoral Candidate and Gender & Sexuality scholar, Gary Walker-Roberts, for a discussion on LGBTQIA+ inclusion and equity through the mindset of past, present and future. A few examples of discussion topics include, but not limited to: How small acts of acceptance and inclusion can build trust and safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ individuals; How to ""rise up"" when witnessing and/or experiencing uncomfortable and inequitable encounters, regardless if you identify as an LGBTQIA+ individual or an Ally; and How to advocate for LGBTQIA+ individuals with a ""call-to-action"" mission in June (Pride Month) and beyond inside and outside the workplace and/or classroom. ""You can't hate someone whose story you know"" is one of Walker-Roberts' favorite quotes by Margaret J. Wheatley. Recognizing that our belief, ethical and value systems are built from influential experiences, which is unique to everyone. This webinar aims to create a safe, positive, respectful and motivative leaning experience for all. Come learn about Marsha P. Johnson, Jazz Jennings, Janet Mock, and others. Additionally, Walker-Roberts will share his personal narrative as an LGBTQIA+ individual and encourages you (if comfortable) to share your experiences. This webinar has a broad LGBTQIA+ focus but dives deeper on Transgender individuals' (the ""T"" in LGBTQIA+) visibility in our society. Walker-Roberts will be utilizing to guide the webinar discussion.

Voices of Pride: LGBTQ+ History, Stories, and Ways to Advocate presented by Dr. Judith Cannon, NCU MFT Faculty

Join us as we honor the 50th year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising by taking a brief tour through the history of LGBTQ+ communities over the last 50 years. We discuss major historical events and some social changes that have resulted from some of these events. Stories and experiences of LGBTQ faculty, staff, and students who identify as LGBTQ+ also connect these historical moments. Finally, a discussion on LGBTQ+ advocacy, inclusiveness, and applying social change to your own communities and within the multiple disciplines at NCU are explored. 

Pride Month Online Events

Check out these online events in celebration of Pride Month!

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