SPECTRA will be hosting an Ally Drive on Friday, October 27. The Ally Drive is an event designed for those who identify as LGTBQ+ to show their appreciation to allies.
Students will be tabling in Pyle this week to raise awareness, generate interest, and hand out rainbow wristbands, which members of SPECTRA encourage allies to wear the whole week (or longer). The rainbow bracelets are to show support as an ally.
President Cascie Powles said, “At the meeting, there will be guest speakers who will be giving testimonies about how an ally has helped them, and statements about the experience of being an ally.
Advisor Bonnie Erwin explained that the Ally Drive is like a “fund drive,” except SPECTRA is trying to collect people instead of money: the goal is to collect as many people as possible who are willing to identify as allies, and then invite them to get together with SPECTRA to tell allies how vital they are.
Erwin also said, “Those of us who identify as LGBTQ know that in most communities we’ll be part of a small minority group, and that’s ok. But it really helps to know that we have allies: folks who don’t identify as LGBTQ, but who accept us, allow us to be ourselves, and even support us in the face of prejudice.”
“But it really helps to know that we have allies: folks who don’t identify as LGBTQ, but who accept us, allow us to be ourselves, and even support us in the face of prejudice.” – Bonnie Erwin, Spectra Advisor
Erwin said, “Allies are vitally important to the health, happiness, and safety of any LGBTQ community and SPECTRA knows there are lots of allies at Wilmington, probably more than we have met or had the chance to talk to.”
In this sense allies are people who don’t identify as LGBTQ, but who accept others, allow them to be themselves, and even support in the face of prejudice.