From November 13th to the 19th we observed Transgender Awareness Week – a time used to elevate transgender voices, build awareness and call attention to the many challenges transgender individuals face.
Changing your name can affect your life, but for some, something so simple can prove to be so difficult.
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.