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More than anything, be a good listener. Sometimes it’s better to just hear someone out than to talk yourself, especially when it comes to a matter you yourself don’t have much experience with. Support your LGBTQ friends and family by listening and paying attention to their grievances, their hopes, their activism and their ideas about what they need from allies. Listening to the actual needs and thoughts of LGBTQ people will not only better help you understand them and support them, but it’s also a great step toward being a kinder person overall.

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