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Tiq Milan

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New York, New York, USA

Journalist, Transgender Advocate & Media Consultant

Tiq Milan speaks and writes about intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice. He shares stories of his life and how his transgender experience has informed his views on masculinity, race and the gender binary. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC and CNN. He is also a strategic media consultant helping organizations and companies create detailed media campaigns that will engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic.

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The Right Side Of The Future: Inclusion & Innovation

The evolution of language is one of the best examples of fruitful innovation, ever. In this presentation, Tiq shows audiences how effective, successful marketing is about finding common ground amongst the intersecting human experience—and walks your audience through how to do just that. Tiq explores new, fresh and insightful ways to have respectful, forward-thinking and ultimately bonding interactions with your audience—and how to gain more consumers, who will stick with you. On stage, Tiq is passionate, emotive, and teaches your audience through humor. He shows powerful stats paired with colorful slideshows, and anecdotal evidence: all of which, shows that the more deeply and intimately we connect with people, the more prosperous our business becomes.


The Power of Storytelling

Social media has democratized media curation and has changed the way it is consumed and distributed. Although these online avenues allow for more people outside of multi-million dollar media institutions to create their own messaging it also creates space for fake news, gas lighting, and blatantly false narratives to fuel political agendas. The result of the United States 2016 Presidential election is emblematic of this crisis around fact vs. fiction. However, with crisis comes opportunity. In this presentation, Tiq explores how we can take responsibility for the media we share and create, as well as how to hold institutions accountable. As a journalist and advocate,  Tiq sees media as a primary tool to push for effective change and social justice. Media doesn’t just document culture, it simultaneously creates it. What type of messaging do we want to create about ourselves? What legacy will we be forming for our future?


Reimagining Manhood: 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.

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Media Training | Telling Your Story
Tiq Milan has trained national transgender advocates like CeCe McDonald, Geena Rocero, and participants of MTV's "Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word to develop messaging and best practices for crafting their stories and maximizing impact. He has also strategized with national news media outlets about fair and accurate reporting on transgender people. This workshop

Speaker Biography

Tiq has been most inspired by his years mentoring LGBT youth at the Bronx Community Pride Center and the Hetrick Martin Institute in the New York city. He was able to witness first hand the intersectional lived experiences of gay and trans youth and how it is affected by social systems put in place to help them. He most recently was the Senior Media Strategist and National Spokesperson for GLAAD where he utlilized the media to call attention to the needs of the lgbt community, particularly transgender people of color.

In 2020, he’s featured in the new Neflix documentary that premiered at Sundance, titled Disclosure, featuring Laverne Cox and a study of  transgender representation on-screen. In 2019, he was featured in a GAP Campaign for PRIDE month.

Milan is a facilitator at LifeLabs consulting.  He’s also Co-Founder of Milan Media Arts Productions. MAPS is content creation and consulting firm that is dedicated to creating narratives of queer people and their allies.