Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and reality TV show has raised awareness about transgender issues. However, for many Floridians, there are still a lot of questions. Some basic questions are: What do you call a transgender person? Which pronouns do you use?
PrideHealth, which is an organization out of Canada that “provides safe and accessible primary health care services for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ),” has produced a video to help answer these questions.
Though the video is directed to healthcare providers, it is helpful for legal services providers and anyone who does not want to alienate potential trans clientele.
The basic answer is, just like anybody else, you call them by the name they provide you. Even if someone’s legal name is Robert, and they say to call them Bob, then you call that person Bob. It’s as simple as that.
Pronouns may be a bit trickier, as different trans individuals prefer different pronouns. When in doubt, it is usually just best to ask rather than assume.
If you are transgender in Florida and you wish to change your legal name or have questions about Florida LGBT family law rights, schedule a consultation with Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form.