Being a good ally to the 2SLGBTQ+ community means educating yourself and engaging in actions that foster acceptance, respect, and understanding. At work and at our stores, we strive to create a welcoming environment for all Canadians, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Because it’s our duty as Canadians to stand up for each other and support each other as allies.
In consultation with our internal Employee Inclusion Network, we’ve made a list of resources that will equip you with knowledge, empathy, and practical tools to build a more inclusive society.
Tips for Being a 2SLGBTQ+ Ally: A collection of practical tips and resources from the Government of Canada on being a good 2SLGBTQ+ ally including using gender-inclusive language, demonstrating your support and speaking up when you see exclusionary behaviour.
2SLGBTQ+ Terms and Concepts from Egale Canada: From the website… “This document is intended to provide readers with a common, foundational understanding of language, concepts and terminology related to topics around 2SLGBTQI identities and experiences. This includes understanding systems of oppression, and also a focus on gender diversity and trans equity and inclusion.”
Pronoun Usage Guide from Egale Canada: A person’s pronouns affirm their gender identity. When we share our own personal pronouns as well as use others’ preferred pronouns, we foster an environment of respect and indicate that we are a safe space. This short and easy to understand pronoun usage guide gives tips about asking for and using a person’s pronouns.
2SLGBTQI+ terminology – Glossary and common acronyms: An important part of being a good ally to the 2SLGBTQ+ community is using inclusive language that treats people with dignity and respects the diversity of bodies, genders and relationships. This guide to terminology from the Government of Canada is a good place to start understanding 2SLGBTQ+ identities and issues. Additionally, this quick reference guide to inclusive writing gives several examples to help ensure that your communication respects gender-diverse communities.
Pride at Work Canada: An organization that is committed to empowering employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.