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How to Show Support to a Transgender Family Member

As of April 2011 a study showed that there are more than 700,000 transgender people in the USA.Most people fail to know that there is a difference between an individual's "assigned sex" and "gender identity". Although one may be assigned male or female at birth, they may not think of themselves as that gender. In this article there will be a step by step explanation on how to show support to a transgender family member.

Steps

  1. Don't rush them.If a family member has recently told you that they are trans, the best thing to do is not rush them. They have most likely had a very hard time speaking up about being trans, so don't ask them a lot of questions at once. Let them talk as much as they would like and then wait until they bring it up again before asking more questions.
  2. Try to learn as much as you can about transgender identities.The more knowledge you have of the situation the more you can help your family member.
  3. Don't forget this is a hard time for everybody.As difficult as it may be for you, it will be twice as hard for your family member. It will definitely help them out if you don't go telling people about their transition. Let them tell who they want when they are ready.
  4. Change gender pronouns according to their preference.In time, your family member may feel they would like to be referred to as other pronouns. Try to respect their wishes and do the best you can. If you make a mistake, don't keep apologizing; just move on and forget it happened.
  5. Be respectful of name change preferences.Also in time, your family member may choose to change their name. Don't be mad that they are changing their given name. It will be hard adjusting to the new name but it will become easier with time.
  6. Remember to support your trans family member as much as you can.It may seem like they are a whole new person but in fact they're not. They are just who they are meant to be and will surely be happier.

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    My little brother is transgender and becoming a girl. I love her, but I don't want to have a sister! I'm a boy and I've always wanted a brother. How do I be supportive?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    You need to understand that she is still the same person she was before her transition. She did not change in a fundamental way, she is just becoming on the outside who she always was on the inside. She can still talk about things with you, if she played sports with you before, she'll still be able to do that. Also, try to remember that this transition is harder on her than it is on you.
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    I am a HUGE LGBT supporter, but I keep thinking a celebrity I have a crush on is trans. He's not, because he confirmed it, but I still cant help but wonder about it. How can I stop thinking about it?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Remind yourself that someone's gender identity is none of your business. Also, ask yourself why you care. Maybe he's trans, maybe he isn't. Does this really have any effect on your life?
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    I'm one of the most conservative people in my family, but I'm also trans. I'm unsure how to cope with peoples doubts when I come out.
    Lia Wengert
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    Just remember that the world can tell you how to act and how to live, but you are the one in charge of your life, and other people's opinions should have no effect on how you view yourself. Be confident and do what makes you happy.
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  • Question
    My dad recently came out as transgender, and I recently came out too! (Also as transgender!) However, I have trouble talking to him about it, what should I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    If you really can't talk to him, don't force it. Let the topic come up naturally to avoid any awkward situations. If it becomes really important, you will feel the need to tell him and it may just come out naturally anyway! Likely you are both feeling the same way, so just be open and honest.
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