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Testimony: being there as a straight ally for your family, friends and colleagues

Testimony Videos

By Adam Bink

This is a Testimony as part of Courage Campaign’s Dustin Lance Black challenge from DCDebbie (as she goes on Twitter):

I think one of the biggest support networks out there is straight allies who can listen to family, friends and colleagues come out. Without you, it would be a lot harder.

What’s more, folks like Debbie help make it clear to other straight folks coming to grips with those in their life who are LGBT that it’s okay to be accepting and even embracing. Thanks to Debbie for sharing her Testimony.

We now have over 250 videos submitted across 47 states, and because of site glitches (now resolved), we’re even extending the deadline one last time to July 11th, 11:59 PM PST. Share your Testimony as LGBT or straight and why equality is important to you! Click here to get started.


  • 1. Ann S.  |  July 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Another straight ally here. Checking in and subscribing.

  • 2. LCH  |  July 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Me too.


  • 3. rick jacobs  |  July 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    This is terrific! I also just spoke with Nelda Majors from Houston (now in Scottsdale). She's such a knock out! All of these videos are amazing.

  • 4. Ana C.  |  July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    We need more straight allies coming forward and voicing their support for the LGBT community. Kudos to Debbie for doing that!

  • 5. Lodi Gal  |  July 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I just uploaded my testimony (video) but it is not showing up on the website. I received a message that the site was experiencing technical difficulties. Do I need to upload the video again?

  • 6. Lodi Gal  |  July 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I tried again and it worked!

  • 7. Lodi Gal  |  July 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Forgot to leave the link:

  • 8. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Two Gay Soldiers Hide Identities After Attacked in Possible Hate Crime

  • 9. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Calif. Legislature Passes Gay Education Bill

  • 10. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Mother of Bullied Son Sues City

  • 11. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Obama Appoints Out West Point Alum to Military Academy Board

  • 12. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    A New Conservative Agenda

  • 13. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Top Tax Pro To IRS: Get Moving On Same Sex Marriage

  • 14. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Same-Sex Spouses in New York Will Get Health Insurance

  • 15. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Acknowledging the Past
    News Analysis: DOJ's admission of the ''regrettable role'' of the federal government in anti-gay discrimination – and criticism of state and local discrimination – is historic

  • 16. Sagesse  |  July 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Still Ironing Out the Gay Marital Terminology

  • 17. Angela  |  July 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I can't figure out how to get past the ad on the page! I want to find out information on uploading a Testimony video and I can't read the page because of the ad and I can't close the ad itself no matter what I try, no matter what browser I've used. What do I do?

  • 18. Lodi Gal  |  July 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I had that same problem, Angela. Use this link and click on "Testify Now". Good luck uploading your testimony. It took me several tries, but it finally worked.

  • 19. Angela  |  July 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Thank you SOOOOOO much Lodi! I'll post back when it's up!

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