By: Ashley Moen
What are Allies? Allies are a group of people who band together to support each other and each other’s orientations on life. It is a gay- straight alliance to show that people can and should be themselves and should not be pressured to be someone or something they are not. In fact, according to internationalspectrum.edu, the definition of an Ally is a straight person who supports people who identify differently.
People are all born differently. Some feel attracted to guys, some feel attracted to girls, some to both, and some to no one at all. These people are often attacked as being different for who they feel attracted to, and others attack them because they do not understand. Everyone is human and should be treated as human. Just because someone thinks differently does not mean that either person is wrong, it simply means they are different and have different opinions. Respecting other peoples’ choices is apart of life and will help stop violence and keep peace not only in school, but throughout the world.
People all over the world have identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pan-sexual, asexual, transgender and other sexual orientations and identifications, but not all of them gain support for being themselves. Often children are born into homes that shun being anything but straight, and when those kids realize they do not fit their family’s image of their child they will hid who they really are. Parents say it is just a phase, and they would be right if they meant that it was a phase that lasts their entire lives, because these feelings of differing sexual orientation never go away.
What does it mean to be gay or lesbian? It means that you are either a male who likes other males (gay) or a girl who likes other girls (lesbian). It doesn’t mean you hate the opposite gender, (in fact, in my experiences gay and lesbian people are very kind to both genders, as are straight people), it just means you go against the social norm. However, the term “social norm” does not really mean anything, it just says what most people are, and it never has described every single person. Human beings are different just by appearance, so it makes sense that their feelings would be different to.
What about Pan-sexual and Bisexual? Pan-sexual is someone who likes both males and females. However, they focus more on a person’s personality more then any other factor when determining who to date. Bisexual people like people of both genders as well. However, someone who is bisexual will go more towards one’s appearance. And Asexual? That is someone who is not attracted to any person of any gender in any way.
What about transgender, and agender? Transgender is a biological male or female that feels trapped in the wrong body. They identify as the opposite gender than how they were born. Agender is a person who feels like they have no gender. Then you have gender-queer who are people who either go back and forth or identify as both. All these people have internal problems and outside influences of stress just like any straight person. They just have some more unneeded stress on top of all the normal problems.
Of course, these are only the basic definitions of some of the more well know orientations and identifications. There are many more and the ones listed above have much more depth involved. But the fact that these people are humans and should be treated like humans stands tall. Just over the summer in June 2015 the Supreme Court passed Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same- sex marriage in all fifty states in the US. This historical moment shows that people are accepting others and people are embracing their differences in a land where everyone is free and equal.
The Allies Club at Elyria High School stands in support for those who are different and can’t always be themselves. The club was formed with lots of hate from a multitude of people in the community and the support the club got back was even larger. The club got letters from other schools that had Allies clubs and they showed their support for our school’s club. The students helped by organizing marches and proved that people need to be themselves. In fact, after all the hate the club got, the next meeting had over 100 members, most of whom did not plan to join at first, but wanted to show their support! If you want to help support the world as it moves forward in helping everyone be themselves despite all their differences, then please come join the EHS Allies Club. The next meeting is September 23 in room 203. We look forward to your support.