The Junior League of Tallahassee knew they wanted to be more inclusive and involved by working with LGBTQIA+ organizations, so they hosted a LGBTQIA Ally Training on May 14.
At the training, attendees completed a Cisgender and Heterosexual Privilege Checklist and partook in a role-playing activity called "Other Side of the Fence", which allowed for them to assume the role of a person who is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a result, Members learned to be better allies by shifting perspectives and understanding what individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community go through on a daily basis. One member described it as “breathtaking, informative and [a] necessary platform for education and action.”
Following the training, the JLT has been discussing how they can apply what they’ve learned and put it to action. In the upcoming League year, JL Tallahassee will work to cultivate relationships with local LGBTQIA+ organizations by offering volunteer support through their Done in a Day Committee for any upcoming projects, events, initiatives. JLT’s Public Affairs Committee will also work as an ally in banning conversion therapy in Leon County, an issue that resonates closely with the LGBTQIA+ community.
With this fresh perspective and new initiatives underway, the Junior League of Tallahassee will work internally to be more inclusive and seek to recruit women from the LGBTQIA+ community to join the League. Great work JLT!