Every good minority cause needs allies! They’re the people who understand where we’re coming from and want to help us, even if they aren’t part of the minority group.
An ally is a white person who advocates for racial equality in a country where they’re the majority. Or a straight person who advocates for gay rights or goes on pride marches. Allies are great people.
I feel like we often forget about them, especially in this community. We say things like “are you a POC? No? Well, you don’t understand” instead of allowing them to understand and support us. We alienate people from story shelves if they aren’t part of the minority the shelf is featuring, in favour of a story that has nothing to do with the minority group apart from its author (and no one notices who the author is. The stories should speak for themselves). We do ourselves a disservice to whatever minority cause we’re a part of when we exclude the allies.
So I thought I’d make a thread to appreciate allies!
- What causes do you consider yourself an ally of?
- Are you part of a minority group?
- Are there any allies here on the forums that you’d like to shout out?
- Have you got any great ally stories?
I’m a trans ally. I also support and advocate for pretty much all other racial, ethnic or religious groups to get the representation they deserve – especially on the Episode app! I hope we can all support each other and help each other fight for the representation we want and need. That means helping each other with stuff like assets along the way.
I’m bisexual, mixed race and Catholic.
Oh definitely! @ChaoticDeluge – awesome ally! @amberose is just amazing! She helps with pretty much all underrepresented causes on Episode! I have so many others, but I’m hoping other people will mention them!
I have a few, so I might share some others at another point. Since the whole Brexit thing, some people have gotten a little more hostile towards brown people like me. On a train last summer, I had a dude screaming at me to go back to where I came from. Of course, that’s impossible for a mixed person! But I had to be a smart-ass and say “that’s what I’m trying to do! My house is 3 stations away”. He got super hostile then (because I’m an idiot smart-ass), so I was lucky when this amazing couple stepped him and shamed him off the train. They didn’t need to step in, but they did! I wish I knew who they were!
What about you? Share your appreciation for all those allies, both on and off Episode! We need them!