Tiq Milan worked at HMI as an Educational Specialist, CRCS in HIV Prevention from 2011-2013. After leaving HMI, he joined GLAAD as a Senior Media Strategist and National Spokesperson. As noted in his Ted Speaker profile, Tiq has been most inspired by his years mentoring LGBTIA+ youth at the Bronx Community Pride Center and Hetrick-Martin. He was able to witness firsthand the intersectional lived experiences of gay and trans youth and how it’s affected by social systems put in place to help them.
Tiq has been a long-time advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, and has shared his story of being transgender and how that informs his views on masculinity, race and gender. As a writer and consultant, who speaks about intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice, Tiq has carved out a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He has led discussions throughout North America on healthy modes of masculinity, inclusive leadership and creating cultures of consent. Tiq has lectured at several universities including Harvard, Stanford and Brown on the importance of inclusion as tool of innovation and outlines concrete strategies for productive engagement.
To this day, he is a sought-after host and strategic media consultant, having moderated conversations about LGBTIA+ representation in media for HBO’s Newfest Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, LOGO and MTV. He has hosted authors in conversation at The Schomburg Center for Research, NYU and Princeton.
Tiq has also guided organizations and companies in creating detailed media campaigns that engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic. He has worked with HBO, NBC News and various film and television producers on the rollout of various projects including the documentaries, HBO’s Suited and Netflix’s The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson.
Tiq has been featured in a national media campaign for the It Gets Better Project, was a contributing author to the anthology Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, and was the Co-Chair for the LGBT taskforce of the National Association of Black Journalists. He has done on-air interviews for CNN Reliable Sources, BlackEnterprise.com, Al Jazeera America and MTV. He has penned articles for BET.com, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Source, Vibe, Buzzfeed, MIC, NBC and others on issues facing the LGBTIA+ movement. Tiq documented his transition in the film, U People and was a creative consultant for the 2020 documentary, Disclosure.
Tiq is currently the co-Founder along with his wife, Kim Katrin Milan of Milan Media Arts Productions—a content creation and consulting firm that is dedicated to creating narratives of queer people and their allies. His 2016 TED Talk A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage alongside his wife, Kim Katrin Milan has been viewed over 3 million times and continues to inform and inspire people all over the world.
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