I feel a little awkward contributing to this project as an ally. I cannot get over a feeling that I am intruding on territory that is not mine. As much as I object to the hateful and utterly illogical prejudices that the LGBT+ community face, the reality is that I do not suffer for my allyship. Not really. Moreover, I completely agree that allyship is a basic standard, for which I seek neither thanks nor celebration.
So I want this picture be a reminder to myself and others: the label “ally” is not something you are. It is a clarion call to action. And until allyship is no longer needed, it is a call to which I must and will respond.