We who are supportive “Straight Allies” can normalize our GLBTQ family members and friends by being visible ourselves and speaking up. Take the “Straight for Equality” pledge at http://pflag.org. It says:
As a straight ally committed to supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people, I will:
I will acknowledge and work on any uncertainties I may have in “coming out” as a straight ally, and, as I grow in confidence, I’ll increasingly let my family, friends, and colleagues know that I support equality for GLBT people.
Whenever I have an opportunity, I’ll say something supportive of GLBT people, whether I’m responding to a homophobic joke or remark, commenting positively about a current event, or making the case for equality in a discussion.
I will review the many recommended actions provided through Straight for Equality that will help me create change in big and small ways and incorporate those with which I am comfortable into my growth as a straight ally to help move equality forward.