What is an ally?
In our case, an ally is a person who is not a Queer, Trans, or Intersex Person of Color, and who works to understand how the complex dynamics of multiple layers of oppressions and privileges play out in QTIPOC's daily lives. These dynamics are constantly present in and affect our interactions with institutions and interpersonal relationships. An ally understands their position and role in the oppression and privilege dynamics. An ally commmits to self-education around the history and experiences of QTIPOCs. An ally listens to QTIPOC and prioritizes QTIPOC voices and perspectives in discussions, involvement in community, and the media. An ally actively speaks out and stands up for a person or group that is targeted and discriminated against. An ally works to end oppression by supporting and advocating for people who are stigmatized, discriminated against or treated unfairly. However, it is important that an ally never presume to be able to "speak for" a marginalized group or person. We believe healing and liberation is a collective effort, and invite all allies to come join us in experiencing and supporting the collective healing and liberation at EarthRoots.
Guidelines and Expectations for Allies while on the Land
While EarthRoots does not exclude allies from the use of the land, there are specific guideline and expectations for allies while on the land.
1. Allies identify with and understand the definition above.
2. Allies understand and support that EarthRoots is primarily intended as a healing land space for Queer, Trans, and Intersex People of Color. Therefore, all resources (such as the use of the space and financial, physical, mental, emotional support, among many other things) are prioritized for QTIPOCs.
3. Allies understand that their presence on the land is a privilege and an honor.
4. Allies are expected to NOT take up space (physically, verbally, emotionally, energetically) from QTIPOCs on the land.
5. Allies are expected to reflect on how their behaviors impact QTIPOCs and how those impacts relate to the dynamics of oppressions and privileges, both at large and on the land.
Additional Resources (Links below are just a few of MANY resources out there. One of the main qualities of an ally is self-education. Don't limit yourself to those below. Do the work. We aren't going to do it for you)
Privilege and Allyship Pamphlet from the Multicultural Resource Center of Oberlin College
5 Tips For Being An Ally - YouTube by Franchesca Ramsey
The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally by karnythia
How to Be an Ally if You Are a Person with Privilege by Frances E. Kendall, Ph.D.
10 Ways to Be an Ally & Friend by GLAAD