What is Aggie Allies?
Allies is an independent committee within the Department of Student Life. Because it is not funded by the university, money for Allies’ activities is collected through a voluntary dues structure, as well as other fundraising activities. A volunteer committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, oversees the organization.
In 1993, a group of students and staff members in the Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs launched the Aggie ALLIES organization. They realized the need to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the university community. The ALLIES committee now includes representatives from the Division of Student Affairs, as well as administrators, faculty, staff, and students from A&M’s various colleges and units.
Who are Allies?
Allies include staff, faculty, and students at Texas A&M University who have committed to providing a safe space for GLBT 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 an Ally Workshop training 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 Gay 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.
Where can I find an Ally?
Please visit Current Allies for the Aggie Allies Executive Board and to find a list of current Allies.