Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

What’s in a Name?

Changing your name can affect your life, but for some, something so simple can prove to be so difficult.
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Your name is central to your identity, so when someone calls you by a name that you don’t identify with – even if it’s a common nickname for your given name – it can feel disrespectful or even downright rude. That’s how many transgender people feel every time they have to present their identification with their birth name and/or assigned gender. That information does not represent who they are, and the exercise can be dehumanizing and demoralizing.

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