a really simple way to show someone you respect them & their gender identity is by using their correct name.
dead naming threatens trans lives.
doing so invalidates a persons authentic gender identity. not forgetting how hurtful it can be.
never ask “what name did you use before this” (it doesn’t matter)
never use a dead name. Even when talking about that person in the past.
avoid using the term “preferred name” – it’s not “preferred” it just is their name
don’t AVOID using someones name, this suggests you’re uncomfortable with their gender identity.
A dead name is called a dead name for a reason. It’s dead – SO NEVER USE IT!