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.

    The good news is you're not alone. We asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their best tips for supporting trans friends and family. Here's what they had to say:

    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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