This is not about “being” and ally - it isn’t an identity that you assume, it’s about taking actions that can help reduce anti-LGBTQ+, homophobic, transphobic, etc. actions and environments.
Here are some ways you can do that:
Use your privilege
Faculty and Staff
As a faculty or staff member on campus you have a great opportunity to create space and support for LGBTQ+ students and your fellow USM colleagues who are LGBTQ+.
Ask Me': What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know (Chronicle of Higher Education) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnbnF8QAnsY
What LGBTQ students want from their faculty (University of Pennsylvania): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1TPJoYKw5E
Be aware of the resources available to LGBTQ+ students on your campus