Becoming an Ally of the LGBTQIA+ Community

In honor of Pride Month, it’s crucial to highlight the importance of allyship and support for the LGBTQIA+ community fighting against discrimination everywhere in the world and fostering inclusion.

In honor of Pride Month, it’s crucial to highlight the importance of allyship and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Being an ally means actively promoting inclusivity, respect, and equal rights for individuals of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. This blog post aims to provide guidance on how individuals can become effective allies, as well as shed light on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in emerging markets. Additionally, we will explore how companies can contribute to fostering a more inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ communities.


Understanding the Role of an Ally

Challenges Faced by LGBTQIA+ Individuals in emerging markets

Conclusion: Become an Ally of the LGBTQIA+ Community to Foster Inclusion

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Understanding the Role of an Ally

What is an ally? What is his role? How can you become an ally? Take a look at the acts that can be taken to become an ally.




Educate Yourself: Begin by familiarizing yourself with LGBTQIA+ terminology, issues, and history. Respectfully engage with LGBTQIA+ individuals, read books, attend workshops, and explore online resources to deepen your understanding. Acknowledge that learning is an ongoing process, and be open to unlearning any biases or misconceptions.


Listen and Validate Experiences: Create a safe and non-judgmental space for LGBTQIA+ individuals to share their experiences and concerns. Listen actively, show empathy, and validate their feelings. Acknowledge the diversity within the community, recognizing that each person’s journey is unique.


Use Appropriate Language: Utilize gender-inclusive language, including using gender-neutral pronouns and using the correct name and pronouns for transgender individuals. Avoid assumptions about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and respect their self-identification.


Stand Up Against Discrimination: Speak out against LGBTQIA+ discrimination and prejudice when you witness it. Challenge homophobic or transphobic comments and behaviors in your personal and professional circles. Use your privilege to amplify the voices of marginalized individuals and advocate for their rights.


Support LGBTQIA+ Events and Initiatives: Attend local Pride parades, film festivals, and other LGBTQIA+ events. Show your support by actively participating and celebrating the community’s achievements and milestones. Engage with LGBTQIA+ organizations, volunteer your time, or donate to their causes.




Make Assumptions or Stereotypes: Never assume someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Allow individuals to share their stories and identities at their own pace and on their terms.


Speak Over LGBTQIA+ Voices: Avoid dominating conversations or speaking on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ community.


Invalidate Experiences: Never dismiss or invalidate the experiences, feelings, or struggles of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Listen with empathy and validate their emotions, even if you don’t fully understand.




Here are some remarkable figures who have made significant contributions to the advancement of LGBTQIA+ rights and acceptance:



Challenges Faced by LGBTQIA+ Individuals in emerging markets

While progress has been made in LGBTQIA+ rights globally, it is crucial to acknowledge the unique challenges faced by individuals in different regions, such as Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, where PayU operates.


Let’s examine the snapshot for these regions:




Many African countries still have laws criminalizing same-sex relationships, leading to widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTQIA+ individuals. Allies can support by advocating for legal reforms, engaging with local LGBTQIA+ organizations, and amplifying their voices to increase visibility and promote acceptance.


Latin America


Although some Latin American countries have made significant strides in LGBTQIA+ rights, challenges persist. Allies can educate themselves on the specific issues faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in the region, support local organizations, and advocate for comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, transgender rights, and access to healthcare and education.


Southeast Asia


In Southeast Asia, the legal landscape regarding LGBTQIA+ rights varies across countries. Some nations have embraced progressive policies, while others still criminalize same-sex relationships. Allies can support by partnering with local LGBTQIA+ organizations, promoting inclusive workplace policies, and advocating for legal reforms to protect LGBTQIA+ individuals’ rights.



Therefore the fight is far from being over. While we take LGBTQIA+ rights in some countries for granted, it is essential that we continue to promote them in every country, as well as fight for fundamental rights and promote allyship in other regions.



How Companies Can Support LGBTQIA+ Communities

Companies have a vital role to play in creating inclusive environments for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Here are some actionable steps they can take:



  • Establish Inclusive Policies: Develop and enforce policies that protect LGBTQIA+ employees from discrimination and harassment. Provide gender-neutral restroom options and update dress codes to be inclusive of diverse gender expressions.


  • Promote Diversity and Representation: Encourage diverse representation by actively recruiting and promoting LGBTQIA+ employees. Create Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to provide a supportive network and address specific challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ staff.


  • Offer Inclusive Benefits: Provide comprehensive healthcare benefits that cover transgender-specific healthcare needs, including gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapy. Ensure that employee assistance programs are LGBTQIA+ inclusive and offer mental health support.


  • Foster LGBTQIA+ Allyship: Organize allyship training programs for employees to raise awareness and build supportive networks. Encourage employees to display pronouns in email signatures and foster an environment where individuals feel comfortable expressing their gender identities.


  • Support LGBTQIA+ Causes: Partner with LGBTQIA+ organizations, sponsor Pride events, and participate in community outreach programs. Consider allocating a portion of profits to LGBTQIA+ initiatives or providing grants to support LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs and start-ups.

What did we do at PayU?


Every June, PayUneers come together to celebrate and recognise the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals. At this occasion, we remind that everyone deserves to live authentically with respect & dignity and be their true selves at PayU.


We have featured educational resources that promote understanding, allyship, and awareness of LGBTQIA+ history, issues, and experiences.


Additionally, we’ve organized several sessions across the different sites:


  • Being a Drag Queen – Meet Hieemeras la fave was an online, fascinating workshop for all PayU where we listened to the exceptional story of a Drag Queen. 
  • The Journey of Allyship – by an external guest Roland White
  • How to become a Unicorn – by Anat Nir, LGBTech in PayU Israel
  • Boylesque film screening with the Drag Queen Bom Belle Live performance in PayU Poland
  • PayU Poland has sponsored the LGBT+ FIlm Festival in Poland


We have established an all year Pride Ally Network group to provide a secure space for all PayUneers to learn, share experiences, be allies, and support one another.




Conclusion: Become an Ally of the LGBTQIA+ Community to Foster Inclusion

Becoming an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community is a continuous journey of learning, unlearning, and actively supporting the rights and well-being of individuals of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. By educating ourselves, challenging discrimination, and fostering inclusive environments, we can collectively work towards a more equitable and accepting society.


Let us embrace the spirit of Pride Month not just in June but throughout the year, making inclusivity a fundamental value in our personal lives, workplaces, and communities. Together, we can create a world where every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feels valued, respected, and celebrated.