We are an organization dedicated to inclusiveness. We celebrate the diversity of every person who walks through our doors; whether a Big, Little, parent/guardian, employee, board member, or community partner. If you are interested in partnering with us on LGBTQIA+ initiatives or simply have additional questions, please contact KELLY WALTER (she/they).
“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” – Jason Collins
Listen: When it comes to being an ally, it is important to not only hear what your Little is saying, but really listen. If your Little opens up to you about harassment or bullying, let them guide the narrative.
Respect Privacy: If your Little opens up to you, recognize the trust they are placing in you. Ask questions to learn more and to get clarity on how you can be supportive and with whom this news can be discussed. Avoid premature problem solving. Follow the youth’s lead. Please do talk with your Match Support Specialist or Program Coordinator so we can offer resources and work with the youth to determine ways to be supportive. Do not share with the parent; this is the youth’s news to share when and how they determine. Our job is to support along the way!
Implicit Biases: Be aware of them. We implore you to dip into self-reflection. Before you respond to something your Little says about their identity or sexuality, acknowledge that systemic homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism may impact your efforts in being an ally. Be forward thinking in ways that you can recognize and challenge your own biases.
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