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Guest Letter

Chris Tebbutt, Founder

Laguna Beach LGBTQ Heritage & Cultural Alliance

Effectively connecting with marginalized communities

Guest Letter Chris Tebbutt

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Chris Tebbutt

Being an Ally to any marginalized community is more important in affecting real change than many people realize. 

However, developing oneself as an Ally is a skill that doesn’t happen overnight; it comes from engaging in open conversations, asking questions, recognizing your own biases and blind spots and stepping out of your comfort zone. Being an Ally means learning, empathizing and taking on the struggle as your own.

As we honor Laguna Beach LGBTQ Heritage & Culture Month, we offer you a few specific ways you can become an Ally:

Listen: The easiest way to begin to become an Ally is to listen. 

Educate yourself: Identify and challenge stereotypes and unconscious bias. It starts with learning a little history.

Talk with others in your community: Have conversations with diverse LGBTQ people, from high school students to senior citizens, and learn about their experience and their history.

Learn & use correct inclusive language: In the LGBTQ community, language is everything. It’s important to use the right words and pronouns when referring to someone or describing their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Speak up & intervene: Don’t tolerate anti-LGBTQ jokes or statements expressed in your presence. 

Whether you are a part of the LGBTQ community or a valued Ally, please join us at the Laguna Art Museum this Saturday, June 18 from 4-8 p.m., as I lead a panel discussion on the importance of LGBTQ history and culture in Laguna Beach.

Chris Tebbutt is a real estate agent for Compass, and founder of the Laguna Beach LGBTQ Heritage & Culture Month. The month of June is officially LGBTQ Heritage & Culture Month in Laguna Beach, as proclaimed by City Council in 2017.


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