Ally is a Verb

Cishet people: Center queer and trans folks, not yourselves.

Singer-songwriter Be Steadwell performs at a black queer and trans event in Oakland, December 2016. All photos by Pax Ahimsa Gethen, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Given the higher visibility of discrimination and violence against queer and trans people in today’s social media-driven world, it’s important for cishet (cisgender heterosexual) allies to use their privileges to call for an end to this oppression. Progressives are getting the message that being an ally requires more than simply…