Allyship in Times of Crisis

This presentation is for allies who are looking for a way to take care of the communities affected by the Pulse shooting in Orlando. I gave this talk at lunch at my workplace.

In the event of a tragedy like this, we need allies to step up. It can be difficult to know what to say or do if you are not a part of the affected community. That’s what this talk is for: it’s a starting point for allies.

We start with some terminology and talk about what we mean by terms like target, ally, bystander, and crisis. Then we discuss the grief and fear that prevail within a target community after a crisis, and where allies can start to help with that.

Finally, we relate the discussion back to what an ally can do on a daily basis to help fight for equality—and how social change happens.

The talk may be helpful to you if you have coworkers, friends, or acquaintances whose communities were affected by the Pulse shooting. These communities include the LGBT+ community, especially trans or queer people of color, and the muslim community.

More generally, this talk may be helpful if you know anyone who is a member of a target community in the aftermath of a crisis.