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Tiq Milan

Journalist, Transgender Advocate & Media Consultant

Tiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. An educator and mentor, he began doing grassroots advocacy in the Bronx and at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home to the only all LGBT high school in the country Harvey Milk High. He is also a writer and journalist who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He has won several awards for his media advocacy from organizations like The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, Black Transman Advocacy Inc., The National Trans Latina Coalition and The National Pride Index. He’s also been recognized by BET, Ebony Magazine, and MTV.

New York, New York, USA


Redefining Masculinity: A Transgender Experience
Masculinity is as performative as any other gender. It is fluid, expansive and belongs to anyone who embodies it. Tiq is a transgender man who has experienced gender on many different points across the spectrum. These experiences have shaped his approach to creating his own masculinity and allowed him to interrogate the toxic notions that are attached to being a man in the world. In this presentation, Tiq shares stories of his journey of becoming a man and what he’s learned about the masculine experience and binary gender. He also looks at how race intersects with how we define gender.

Keeping It 100: Allyship Across the Margins
Being queer has emerged as an identity that is inclusive of folks who fall outside of cisgender and heteronormative ideas of how gender manifests and desire is shaped. Binary definitions of gender or sexuality are no longer sufficient in describing the experience that many people are having in the world. In this presentation Tiq discusses strategies to sustaining ally relationships and why it’s beneficial to personal and professional growth and development. Our allyship isn’t just for folks who have different gender expressions but is about finding common ground amongst the intersecting human experience.

Tiq is also able to deliver presentations alongside his wife and fellow speaker Kim Katrin Milan.

Platform Plus

Media Training: Telling Your Story

Summary Profile

Tiq is a prolific writer and inspirational public speaker who is a former national spokesperson for GLAAD and strategic media consultant. He was featured in a national media campaign for Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project, is a contributing author to the anthology Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, and is the Co-Chair for the LGBT taskforce of the National Association of Black Journalists.

He had the honor of keynoting this year’s Trans 100 event along with filmmaker Lana Wachoski as well as the 2015 Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, the largest trans specific conference in the world. He is a regular on-air contributor to Huff Post Live and various MSNBC news outlets.

He is the co-organizer of the This Is Luv media campaign, which highlighted narratives of love and support in Black families for their LGBT loved ones. Recently married to Toronto based artist and educator Kim Katrin Milan, they together speak about creating love in queer communities of color and intersectional approaches to human rights activism in North America and abroad.

Tiq has penned articles for BET.com, Rolling StoneThe New York Times, The Source, Vibe and others on issues facing the LGBT movement. Tiq is the former editor-in-chief of IKONS magazine, an LGBT pop culture magazine, and has been a freelance pop culture journalist for several years, interviewing people from Jay-Z to Cicely Tyson.

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