If this is a friendship you want to keep, you need to ask your friend lots and lots of questions, then follow-up by checking in to see if they still like their answers. That time in my life was not warm. It was a few days after graduation; she was swimming in her above ground pool while I sat on the sides with my feet in. You know your friend much better than I do, you clearly care for them, and as long as you ask them questions and listen to their answers, you can be a tremendous resource and safe-harbor for them in this time of transition. This is often because someone is transitioning and has told you, etc. My advice would be to go the extra mile to make them feel respected and comfortable by deferring to neutral pronouns, so as not to alienate them from you. But out of respect for this process, you should reflect a change in how you address your friend, unless they tell you not to.
They might say that they will keep their name and preferred pronouns as-is, or they might not!
But out of respect for this process, you should reflect a change in how you address your friend, unless they tell you not to. Talk to them about these needs, and see where you fit in as a resource. I would say a lot of this answer is incredibly confusing. Someday you and your friend will be very glad you did! Want to know about their evolving relationship with their sexuality?
Are they part of a tight-knit group of family and friends? This is where your knowledge of your friend comes into play. Click through to read more about Liam and our other Second Opinions panelists! Someday you and your friend will be very glad you did! I am glad that you are taking time out to try to be the best friend you can be in this pivotal moment.