Tiq Milan

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Tiq Milan
BornJuly 14
Nationality American
OccupationWriter • public speaker • activist
Employer GLAAD
Known for LGBTQ activism
Spouse Kim Katrin Milan (m. 2014; div. 2019)
Partner Jodie Patterson (2019-present)
Website tiqmilan.com

Tiq Milan (born July 14 in Buffalo, New York) is an American writer, public speaker, activist, and strategic media consultant. He is currently a national spokesperson for GLAAD and the former senior media strategist of national news at GLAAD. [1] Prior to his current roles, he was a mentor and teacher at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, an LGBTQ youth nonprofit organization in NYC. His advocacy, LGBTQ activism, and journalism has been recognized nationally. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Media training and advocacy work

Through his work at GLAAD, Milan has trained national transgender advocates like CeCe McDonald [8] Geena Rocero, [9] and participants of MTV's "Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word [10] to develop messaging and best practices for crafting their stories and maximizing impact. [11] [12] He has also strategized with national news media outlets about fair and accurate reporting on transgender people. [13] [14]

He is a national spokesperson discussing the latest developments in transgender rights, and has been featured on CNN's Reliable Resources, [15] The Katie Couric Show, [16] MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily, [17] Steven Petrow's, "Civilities," [18] MTV News, [19] NewsNation with Tamron Hall, [20] Out There with Thomas Roberts, [21] and is a regular contributor on HuffPost Live. [22] [23]

Milan and his ex-wife, Kim Katrin Milan, were featured in Out's LOVE Issue. [24]

Writing, film, and TV

Milan has written for Ebony, [25] BET, [26] [27] PolicyMic, [28] and The New York Times . [29] [30] He is a contributing author to the anthology Trans Bodies, Trans Selves [31] and the former editor-in-chief of IKONS Magazine, an LGBT pop culture magazine. [32]

Milan documented his transition in the GLAAD-Award nominated documentary, U People and Realness. He has appeared in videos on Upworthy, [33] and for LGBTQ Funders Men and Boys of Color Initiative. [34] He was featured on MTV's reality series I'm From Rolling Stone , where he competed for a Contributing Editor position at Rolling Stone . [35]

Projects and campaigns

Milan was featured in the national media campaign, Live Out Loud's Homecoming Project. The campaign sent successful LGBT people back to their hometown high schools to share knowledge, experience and lessons learned. [36] He is a GLAAD Spirit Day Ambassador, encouraging millions of people to "go purple" as a sign of support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. [37] [38] He and his wife were invited to MTV's the talk, part of the larger "Look Different" campaign. [39]

Tiq, Wade A. Davis, and Darnell L. Moore co-organized the This Is Luv campaign to elevate Black LGBTQ Affirming Love and combat stereotypes of Black communities being more homophobic than other communities. [40]

LGBT youth work

He has been involved with LGBT youth work in New York City for the past decade. [41] At Hetrick-Martin Institute, he ran the CDC program, Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Service, an HIV prevention intervention to create healthy relationships around sex and sexuality for homeless, marginally housed and out-of-home gay and transgender youth. [42] He built workshops around self-esteem, intersectionality, and sex positivity to assist youth in developing and growing self-awareness. He has advocated and trained about LGBT issues at high schools across New York City, and a returning guest lecturer at Lehman College's MSW program to discuss gender and sexuality with graduating social workers. [43]

Awards and recognition

Professional affiliations and community service

Milan is the co-chair for the LGBT Taskforce of the National Association of Black Journalists, [52] Advisory Committee member of advocacy organization, Gender Proud, [53] Programming Subcommittee at Hetrick-Martin Institute, [54] and advisory board member for upcoming documentaries, Deep Run [55] and What I'm Made Of. [56]

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  1. GLAAD Staff, Tiq Milan.
  2. Kellee Terrell, Health Hero: Amplifying the Voices of Black LGBT Youth, October 16, 2014.
  3. Aljazeera America, Training cops to help transgender crime victims, March 28, 2014.
  4. Anslem Samuel, Being Black and Transgender, July 15, 2011.
  5. Audrey Cash, Worshipping Each Other: Public Possibility Models of Black Queer Love, May 13, 2014.
  6. Jorteh Senah, Profile: Tiq Milan, Transgender "IKON", COLLIDE, December 11, 2012.
  7. SRLP’s Reina Gossett talks trans people in the media with Laverne Cox, Kye Allums and Tiq Milan, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, September 26, 2013.
  8. Sabrina Rubin Erdely, The Transgender Crucible Archived 2017-10-21 at the Wayback Machine , Rolling Stone Magazine, July 30, 2014.
  9. Ted Speakers, Geena Rocero.
  10. Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word.
  11. National People of Color Media Institute.
  12. Transgender Advocates Media Training.
  13. Tiq Milan, About Me.
  14. Erin Rook, We're Off to Philly for a Media Diversity Conference, The Source Weekly, Mar 12, 2015.
  15. CNN Reliable Resources, Twist Leads to Tragedy, Tiq Milan and Christina Kahr.
  16. GLAAD Blog, Laverne Cox, Tiq Milan and Chase Strangio on Katie Couric.
  17. GLAAD Blog, Tiq Milan talks #FreeMarichuy on MSNBC.
  18. Civilities: Steven Petrow and GLAAD's Tiq Milan on Transgender Etiquette, July 15, 2014.
  19. gil kaufman, After Leelah Alcorn’s Death, These Trans Activists Want You To Think Differently About Gender, January 10, 2015.
  20. NewsNation with Tamron Hall, Transgender Teen Starts National Conversation, January 2, 2015.
  21. Out There with Thomas Roberts, The Problem with Do Black Lives Matter To Gays.
  22. Marc Lamont Hill, Prison For Gay Man Who Fought Gay Bashers, HuffPost Live, August 22, 2014.
  23. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, LGBT Activists Want an ENDA Executive Order, HuffPost Live, April 9, 2014.
  24. Out.com Editors, The Queer Life: These newlyweds aren't interested in playing by the rules, Out (magazine), January 12, 2015.
  25. Tiq Milan, Black Girls Only, Ebony , News & Views, Gender and Sexuality, November 2014.
  26. Tiq Milan, Commentary: Our Lives Are Valuable, November 21, 2013.
  27. Tiq Milan, Commentary: There are many faces of LGBT people of color, BET.com, August 12, 2013.
  28. Tiq Milan, This Pop Star Is Selling Out Entire Stadiums in Europe, But You Probably Haven't Heard of Him, PolicyMic, May 9, 2014.
  29. Tiq Milan, Why Should a Government Agency Tell Me Who I Am? October 19, 2014.
  30. Tiq Milan, There’s One Movement, for Gay and Trans People, The New York Times, October 9, 2014.
  31. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Contributing Authors, Tiq Milan
  32. IKONS Magazine, Ardranae Byer.
  33. Andrea Garcia-Vargas, For Most Of Us, Showing Our ID Card Is No Biggie. For Her, It Once Was The Worst Thing Ever.
  34. Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Tiq.
  35. MTV Docu/Reality Series Trailer.
  36. Live Out Loud, The Homecoming Project Archived 2015-02-04 at the Wayback Machine .
  37. GLAAD, Spirit Day.
  38. Ebony Goes Purple for Spirit Day, October 2014.
  39. Why Is MTV Black-And-White? Because It’s Time We Had #THETALK.
  40. HuffPostLive, #ThisIsLuv: Elevating Black LGBTQ Affirming Love, February 25, 2015.
  41. 50 Black LGBTQ Winners Who Are Helping Others Win: #12 Tiq Milan, National Youth Pride Services.
  42. CDC, Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Service Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine .
  43. Tiq Milan Bio.
  44. 10 Black LGBT Trailblazers on the rise, July 2014.
  45. BET Celebs, 10 Transgender People You Should Know, 2014.
  46. Tiq Milan, Trans 100.
  47. HBGC Honor National LGBTQ Advocates Archived 2015-02-04 at the Wayback Machine .
  48. Hispanic Black Gay Coalition Archived 2015-02-04 at the Wayback Machine , Boston
  49. Black Trans Men, Inc.
  50. Tiq accepts Monica Roberts Black Trans Advocacy Award, speech.
  51. Loud 100 List, Tiq Milan, DBQ Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2012.
  52. National Association of Black Journalists.
  53. Gender Proud Archived 2018-10-05 at the Wayback Machine .
  54. Hetrick-Martin Institute.
  55. Deep Run.
  56. What I'm Made Of, The Team: Professional Advisory Board.