16 Easy Ways To Support The Transgender People In Your Life
"My parents told me that they loved me no matter what."
Supporting a transgender friend or family member is crucial — but sometimes, you might be a little unsure of the best ways to help.
1. Always respect the power of pronouns:
2. Got questions? Don't be afraid to ask (politely):
3. And don't be afraid to do a little research on your own:
4. Once you get a handle on everything, take the time to educate people around you:
5. Live too far away for a chat face-to-face? Pick up the phone and give them a ring just to say you're thinking about them:
6. Try to make big social events, like dinner parties or family gatherings, safe spaces for everyone to enjoy:
7. Boost their confidence with words of encouragement (your opinion probably means more than you know):
8. You may need time to process everything that's happening, but remember that what matters most is your loved one's safety and well-being:
9. And if you're able, offer them a safe space to stay:
10. Take them on a shopping spree! Even if you're not paying, they'll appreciate having someone to try on clothes with:
11. And even if you can't fully understand everything they're going through, do your best to be there for them all the same:
12. Humor can help break the ice after someone comes out to you (but remember to be sensitive):
13. Sometimes the best thing is to simply not change a thing — treat them just as you always have:
14. Having trouble finding the right words? Send them a care package or letter so they know you're thinking of them:
15. Because even the smallest gesture can mean the world to someone:
16. And, most importantly, remember you can never say "I love you" too many times:
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