Nice Name, did your mum pick it for you?
The title of the this post is a bit of cheap jibe sometimes thrown back at people who poke fun at trans people and the names that we chose for ourselves.
I don't tend to use this, not necessarily because I'm a nice person who doesn't go in for such things - sometimes I get frustrated with people who wilfully choose to ignore my lived reality and the evidence base.
Because the fact is my mum did pick my name for me, and she picked it for me when she was pregnant with me, one of the 'missed signs' was the fact that even as a very little one I asked what my girl name would have been.
Here we get the crux of this post. No-one is forced to use a name they think does not suit them or which they don't like.
Even if you know no (openly) trans people it's likely that you know someone who doesn't use the name that is on their birth certificate.
No one forces you to use the name on your birth Certificate, although it's only trans people who have the chance ( after spending several hundreds of pounds and having to go through a whole load of hoops to get a GRC) to revise their birth certificate...
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