A couple months ago, Shawn Mendes opened up about his friend and producer Teddy Geiger's recent transition. While on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet Sunday (May 20), the "In My Blood" singer was asked what advice he would give to straight men who want to support the LGBTQ community but don’t necessarily know how.

“Just open your eyes and open your mind,” he advises, “because, for me, going through one of my closest friends going through a very big transition period in her life, was incredible to watch.

“There was a moment when I remember I referred to Teddy as she, like without thinking, and it takes time to be able to learn that, obviously,” Mendes continues. “And the way she looked at me was this intense amount of joy that I swear if everybody in the world experienced one of their best friends experiencing that, there would be no questions. People would not be questioning it. It’s just not worth it to question it. Let somebody be and feel and live how they want to live.”


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