In one of our final articles for U.K. Pride month 2020, Tomas Varga, co-chair of Fried Frank’s LGBTQ+ group, Pride Alliance, discusses how anyone who does not identify as LGBTQ+ can support those who do by being a good ally.

Since taking on the role of the co-chair of Fried Frank’s LGBTQ+ group, Pride Alliance, many colleagues have approached me and asked what they can do to support me and the group even if they do not identify as LGBTQ+. There are many things one can do. Becoming an ally is a good start. However, becoming an effective ally should be the end goal. That has been my message to anyone interested in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, whether at my firm or anywhere else. Here, I outline what I consider as three essential characteristics of an effective ally.