Queer Allyship

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AN INTERSECTIONAL LGBTQ+ GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Language can shape environments, and words can be an integral tool for creating culture change and inclusive workplaces. We must all actively and continually educate ourselves as we create a path to progress.

"The transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation."

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Our glossary of terms:

Ableism

Beliefs or practices that rest on the assumption that being able-bodied is “normal” while other states of being need to be “fixed” or altered. This can result in devaluing or discriminating against people with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disabilities.

Institutionalised ableism may include or take the form of un/intentional organisational barriers that result in disparate treatment of disabled people"

Activism & Society, Identity & Community

Archetype

A statement, pattern of behaviour, or model which others then replicate or emulate going forward. The archetype has become recognisable or quintessential as a standard of the type in society over generations of human culture - specifically for the LGBTQIA community, this manifests itself in types of people or crowds in the community - who have similar body types, interests or display similar behaviours.

Identity & Community

Bias

Living in a heteronormative world, we as queer people are often used to people around us being biased against us. However, there is also bias within the queer community - especially when it comes to intersectional identities. Those who belong to more than one marginalised community are likely to experience be victim of negative bias from within the queer community. As individuals it is also important to look inwards to understand that we all have biases, and we should do all we can to eliminate our own prejudices and treat everyone how we would like to be treated.

Activism & Society, Identity & Community

Bisexual

Bisexuality is a romantic or sexual attraction or behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one gender. It may also be defined to include romantic or sexual attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender identity.

Blaq/Blaqueer

Folks of Black/African descent and/or from the African diaspora who recognize their queerness/LGBTQIA identity as a salient identity attached to their Blackness and vice versa.

Identity & Community

Burnout

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can occur when you experience long-term stress in your job, or when you have worked in a physically or emotionally draining role for a long time. When we feel like we are burning out, it is important that we ask for help from the people around us, so we can protect our wellbeing. To avoid burnout, we must ensure that we set boundaries for ourselves, and acknowledge when we have reached capacity.

Wellbeing & Personal Growth