Who has a new name and gender recognition by order of the court, and nowhere to go celebrate but with some front yard rose blooms?
This guy right here
Changing my name, gender, and having access to HRT have been the most affirming & life changing experiences for me. While some surgeries loom on my mind, I wish this aspect of trans life was given more attention. A name and the right pronouns means so much.
When I was a kid I wrote a different name on my paper every few months. When my mom said the teachers asked why I did it I just had no words and stopped. I used to just cringe at my name even though I thought it was a good one. Now I hear my new name and it makes me feel visible and real. It’s like I was a wandering ghost and my name is the spell that summoned me from the dark underworld.
So nice to meet you, officially.
James: the usurper of kings. But also just call me whatever, Jack, Jaeck, Jimmy, Damnit Jim.. I’m not actually trying to put on heirs, that is the point of supplanting.
Jasper: Stone, inert, colorful, precious, but only semi. My made up names as a kid were often semi-precious stones. This would be my first but I wanted to minimize questions about where I keep my Victorian time-traveling machine.
Grimm: (Because hypenating Grimm-Webb is too spooky for my already too spooky demeanor) I simply took my wife’s family name.