Do and Don'ts When Talking to Your Trans Friends


I had the opportunity to be interviewed by MTV about a little trans 101 and etiquette. I like how they are making these very nuanced and somewhat complex ideas palpable to younger folks. It's so important that our youth learn early on how to interact, respect and love other people of various gender identities.

Let’s talk about being transgender.

Sometimes, even when you’re among the closest of your friends, there are topics that are hard to broach. You support your pals 100 percent, but you don’t want to say the wrong thing, offend anyone or hurt any feelings.

But just because you may feel uncomfortable, or don’t know how to broach the topic doesn’t mean you should avoid talking to your friend. In the spirit of Spirit Day and ahead of MTV and Logo’s “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” MTV has gathered helpful tips that might help you know what’s OK and what’s not when it comes to talking to your transgender friends about their identity. GLAAD’s Tiq Milan, a trans man, offered up his advice.