Who are Allies?
Allies include staff, faculty, and students at Texas A&M University and members of the Bryan/College Station community who have committed to providing a safe space for LGBT individuals. This can be done by displaying an Ally placard outside their office or residence hall room, interrupting homophobic language, being a movable safe space, etc. This placard identifies them as individuals who are willing to provide a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people or anyone dealing with sexual orientation issues.
How to Become an Ally
All Allies have attended a training workshop called an Advance to learn about the benefits and responsibilities of being an Ally. Every Ally has signed an Allies contract before posting their placard.
What do Allies do?
Some Allies choose to advocate more visibly by participating in events like Coming Out Week or LGBT Awareness Week, while others display their placard and that is all. It is up to the individual to decide how they want to be an Ally.
Allies is an independent campus committee currently hosted by the Department of Student Life. The organization was started in the summer of 1993 by a group of students and staff members of the Division of Student Affairs who were interested in showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the University community.
If you are interested in becoming an Aggie Ally you can visit allies.tamu.edu to learn more and to register for a workshop.