The needs of LGBTQ individuals are dynamic and continually evolving, and so too must counselors’ awareness of best practices for engaging in critical and effective allyship with, and on behalf of, these as-yet marginalized communities. The next phase in conceptualizing LGBTQ allyship must incorporate the experiences of multiply marginalized LGBTQ people, including transgender and gender-nonbinary people and LGBTQ people of color. Modes for critique and action based on the LGBTQ ally paradigm will be discussed.
Discussants will understand models of LGBTQ allyship grounded in self-identification as an ally, the use of open and affirming language to create safe spaces for LGBTQ people, and support for policies and laws affirming the worth of LGBTQ people in society, including research on the efficacy of said models.
Discussants will understand how to apply critical social science perspectives on the limitations of past models of LGBTQ allyship, including tacit racial, gender, immigration status, and socio-economic status biases existing in past and current thinking related to LGBTQ allyship.
Discussants will be able to identify and apply specific interventions related to critical allyship to the following marginalized communities of LGBTQ people: LGBTQ people of color, incarcerated LGBTQ people, transgender and gender non-binary people, and HIV positive LGBTQ people.
Associate Professor and Chair,
Old Dominion University