This Mom Surprised Her Trans Teenager With Her First Dose Of Hormones

This Mom Surprised Her Trans Teenager With Her First Dose Of Hormones:

“‘This was it, this was the most pivotal turning point in her life, and we both knew it.’”

(Via. Buzzfeed)


‘Stonewall’ Tanks At The Box Office | /Bent

‘Stonewall’ Tanks At The Box Office | /Bent:

“Not that we expected otherwise, but anyone fearful the fairly substantial attention Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’ has been getting for being so bad would result in some sort of a ‘we need to see how awful it is’ box office boost can exhale: The movie tanked.”

(Via. /bent)


Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply ‘Too Young To Wed’

Child Bride


Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply ‘Too Young To Wed’:

“Photographer Stephanie Sinclair’s images aim to raise funds for girls forced into a practice that affects more than 14.2 million girls every year.”

(Via.Huffington Post)


From Dream to Reality

Hopes and dreams are wonderful things. They can help guide your steps, show you possibilities, and keep you inspired. There is just one little problem, for them to be of any use to you they need to be brought to reality, and reality has a nasty way of shredding your hopes and dreams.

Not to despair, it is still possible to reach even the loftiest of goals, it just takes time, effort, dedication and more times than not, money.

Such is the case with changing your name. There is, unfortunately, two different ways to change your name, one comes backed by the power of law and the other… well it and a dollar might buy you a bottle of water…

(Actually, the other way is to simply begin using your chosen name in an everyday manner. To have your family, friends and coworkers call you what you wish. To begin signing, (non legally binding), documents and papers. Sort of like using a nickname instead of your proper name.)

Sadly, this isn’t thought of as a ‘legal’ name change. The sort you may wish for when you begin transition. Being legally binding means you can use it for all of your identification and documentation such as a driver’s license, social security, insurance, benefits, (and most importantly, taxes.)

It is what you need to keep your HR department happy with you at your place of employment. Not to mention various supervisors, leads, foremen, and anyone else you may have contact with. 

A legal name change requires filling out a ton of paperwork, paying a fee, going to court to ask a judge to allow the change, then going to various other agencies to get everything changed, social security card, driver’s license or state ID, back accounts, credit cards, and anything else you can think of.


A Name By Any Other…

I was curious as to what, if anything, would be said after I used my chosen name at work. I received my answer today; I was informed I needed to speak to HR today if I wanted to use a different name. So I went to them and spoke with a very understanding and knowledgeable representative who went over the basics, which was I need to obtain a legal name change along with all of the corresponding forms of identification; Social Security, Driver’s License, Bank forms, etc, etc, etc. Then I will need to refile all my paperwork with HR and receive a new ID card.

It will be a time consuming and expensive process… Still, I understand this is what I need to do to continue moving forward.

The glimmer of good news in all of this is asking people to use my preferred name is acceptable, I just can’t use it for anything “official” which I guess includes supply requests for some reason… (shrug).