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LGBT ‘ally’ training: don’t assume people in heterosexual relationships are heterosexual

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Training also advises: Don’t use the word ‘homosexual’

Kent State University’s instructions for aspiring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “allies” instructs trainees to avoid assuming that men and women in committed heterosexual relationships are actually heterosexual.

“Do not assume the sexual orientation of another person even when that person is married or in a committed relationship,” the instructions read. “Many bisexuals, and even some gay men and lesbians, are in heterosexual relationships.”

It is unclear if the advice applies to those who are in homosexual relationships as well, i.e., if “allies” should also not presume that two men in a sexual relationship are gay.

Among the other tidbits of advice given to those who wish to be allies: “Use the words gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer instead of homosexual. The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ people do not identify with or use the word homosexual to describe themselves.”

“Read LGBTQ publications, and support the businesses that advertise in them. See movies by and about LGBTQ individuals. Attend campus events relating to LGBTQ issues. ”

“Educate children about families that have two moms or two dads.”

Perhaps most importantly: “Do not assume that every gay, lesbian, or bisexual person is attracted to you.”

Read the helpful advice here.

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