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Straight But Not Narrow.

straight ally: n.  a heterosexual person who supports the civil rights, gender equality, and social movements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identified people.

Straight But Not Narrow is a campaign aimed at empowering straight allies (particularly straight guys) to be stronger advocates for their friends, family, and community members who are LGBTQ. So it’s kinda like It Gets Better for awesome affirming straight folks.

Josh Hutcherson AKA Peeta Mellark of Hunger Games fame recently recorded his Straight But Not Narrow video.

After checking out SBNN on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook it’s time to take action.

-Be a straight ally by improving your attitude and actions towards the LGBT people in your life! PLFAG has a handy guide that might answer any questions you might have about being a straight ally.

-At CLP Main – Teen there is now a Gay Straight Alliance that meets bi-monthly. The next meeting is Wednesday, June 6th from 5:00-6:00 PM. There might be one at your school too. If not… START ONE!

-Check out Pittsburgh Pride – June 1st to 10th! The Pride March is Sunday, June 10th at Noon and is immediately followed by the completely free Pridefest on Liberty Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh. My favorite thing about Pridefest are the short films at the Harris Theatre!

-Lastly, don’t overthink it. Being an ally can be as simple as watching your language. Like Wanda Sykes says, “Think Before You Speak.”

-Michael (CLP Hazelwood)

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