Ally: Is it better to be an ally or an advocate?

It’s LGBT UK History Month and Black History Month in the US, so learning to be a good ally is crucial. But do we need to be more than just an ally? Or is it enough?  

Author Ta Nehisi Coates says: “I don’t know that white people need to be ‘allies’ so much as understand that any black struggle in America is ultimately a struggle for the large country. ‘Ally’ presumes a kind of distance that I am not sure exists.”

So how do we be the best advocate that can be?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Amazin Lethi, a global Vietnamese LGBTQ+ sports and human rights advocate and thought leader. Here is the full interview:

Rachel Lambert, Managing Director of StudyFlex.

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Writer and speaker Ijeoma Oluo at Google in 2019:

Dr David M. Hall, speaking on YouTube channel:

Books looked at this week:

Ijeoma Oluo: So You Want to Talk About Race

Dr David M. Hall: Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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