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Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue
Transgender journalist Tiq Milan

Journalist Tiq Milan gives perspective to the struggles of being transgendered

Some may recognize Tiq Milan from MTV‘s 2007 reality series, I’m From Rolling Stone, where several aspiring writers competed for a chance to win a full-time position with the entertainment magazine. Back then, he still went by his birth name, Tika, and responded to “she.” Today, however, the education specialist/HIV prevention counselor and editor-in-chief of IKONS Magazine, a LGBT lifestyle publication, lives life as a transgender man.

As part of continued coverage of the Black LGBT community, we sat down with Milan to discuss his journey from a womanhood to manhood, the difference between being gay and being transgender, and what impact his transition has had on his career.

Videographer: Melissa Johnson.

Be sure to pick up the July 2011 issue of Black Enterprise on Black & Gay in Corporate America when it hits national newsstands July 19th.

Anslem Samuel

Anslem Samuel, Senior Producer, has been a culture critic and entertainment journalist for over 10 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for Also heading up an award-winning relationship blog, he now brings his lifestyle expertise to