Language is very powerful in conveying explicit and in-explicit messages. Values and feelings are often conveyed clearly through language use. Even when we perhaps don’t intend to offer a point of view or offend someone- we inadvertently do this through our use of language. This is why using correct terminology and being respectful of how people want to be addressed is so important.
This article gives a really succinct and clear way of understanding the correct language to use, and why, when talking to a transgender person.
In Counselling we’re always striving for ways to ensure our message of support is clear