In a world where we hear stories of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and violence it simply isn’t enough to say “I have a gay friend” anymore. Come out as a straight ally, set an example for those around you and help make sure the next generation is not burdened with the same problems we face today. Standing up for the important people in your life can have an immeasurable – and sometimes lifesaving – impact on their lives. Letting them know that you support them, with not only words but actions, is one of the most important things that you can do for them.
Straight allies have a unique voice that can be extremely persuasive when it comes to issues of equality because they won’t directly benefit from policy changes or new laws being passed. We so often hear that people are involved in the equality movement because “it is the right thing to do” or because “all people are equal” which have greater impact among some audiences coming from a straight person. The LGBT community needs straight allies and we hope that Straight for Equality will help to invite, engage, and educate more and more people.