I’m transgender and my best mate keeps calling me by my old, female name

DEAR DEIDRE: SINCE I came out as transgender to my best mate, she hasn’t stopped addressing me by my old, female name.

Telling her took a lot of courage and I thought she’d accept my identity, instead she jokes about it and acts like it’s just a phase.

I thought my best friend would accept my identity, instead she jokes about it

I thought my best friend would accept my identity, instead she jokes about it

We’re both 21 and met at school.

As I identify as a boy now, I find it really offensive to be constantly deadnamed and misgendered by her.

I keep telling her to stop, but she says she can’t as she knows the real me.

If even my best mate won’t accept me for who I am, how will anyone else?

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DEIDRE SAYS: Just as it will have taken you time to work out your identity, your friends and family will also need time to adjust.

Talk to your friend again and explain you’d really appreciate it if she can make more effort to get your name and gender right.

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