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Jan 03 2013

You made it happen!

Last year, when I asked my readers for assistance with the legal and medical expenses associated with transitioning, you all came through for me with a generosity beyond anything I had expected. And today, I’m happy to say that thanks to your kindness and support, one major obstacle is finally out of the way. Six months after taking my new name, it’s officially mine:

Name change order. Lauren.

As we stood at the counter waiting for copies, the young trans man who was there for the same reason beamed at me and asked: “Does it feel good?”

It does.

Thank you.

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  1. 1
    sisu

    Congratulations!!

  2. 2
    Ed Brayton

    So happy for you. I have another friend who is really struggling to get this done and I know what a huge moment it is. Congratulations!

  3. 3
    Jackie

    Yay!!!!!!

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    Leo Buzalsky

    Congratulations!

  6. 6
    Pteryxx

    Conga rats!

    Ratmas

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    Christoph Burschka

    Congrats!

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    Sercee

    Congratulations!!

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    todd bstevens

    Well done Zinnia, or should I say Lauren? :)

    I am not trans, just a hetero-normative cis guy. But my beloved fiancee is a trans woman. For her changing name was a Big Freakn’ Deal. R doesn’t even want me to know her old name, I do, but I wouldn’t tell her that.

    While I comment infrequently, mainly when I have something.to say and often I can not contribute to the conversation. Your and Natalie’s blogs are frequent points of discussion over our dinner table.

    We did the big reveal to my family this October. I can now empathize with every gay man that had to come out to family. Man, that was nerve wrackimg.

    You and Natalie blogging helped, like a lot. I thank you for.that.

    When I met R, I was in love. She is fairly awesome. I kind of learned about the trans thing on the back end. Never changed my opinion of R at all, and we are engaged, planning wedding in October. I think I may have read every post you and Natalie put up to try to understand. But I digress..

    You have both my sincere congratulatioms, and best wishes. I will be so bold as to extend those as from my fiancee, though she does not know it, she benefits much.

    With respect,
    TBS

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    resident_alien

    Congrats,Lauren is a lovely name,it suits you well.

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    billygutter01

    Congratulations!

  12. 12
    Lauren

    Proud to share it with you!

  13. 13
    Amy Dobrowolsky

    Congratulations!!!

    Doesn’t it feel great to have that official verification in hand?

    All my best from a fellow Polish Chicago expat,
    /amy

  14. 14
    laconicsax

    Congrats!

    …are we breaking the law by calling you Zinnia now?

  15. 15
    dab

    Congratulations to you!

    Also, thanks to Todd for sharing his experience, very nice to hear from someone who found out their partner was trans and wasn’t affected, compared to some of the other stories we hear.

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      todd bstevens

      @dab, well not unaffected, mayhaps nonplussed :). When R told me my first response was, ‘man, that must have been a scary thing to admit, you poor dear.’ It took a week before it really caought up with me.

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    Eric Haas

    Congratulations!

  17. 17
    Didaktylos

    My felicitations and good luck to you in your new life.

  18. 18
    bertrandhustle

    Happy for you. A good name.

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    Jason Thibeault

    Congratulations, Lauren! :D

    Felt a real pang of empathy at the over-written 2012.

  20. 20
    markr1957

    Congratulations, Lauren.

  21. 21
    serena

    Beautiful! =D

  22. 22
    Xanthë, Amy of my threads

    Yay, Lauren! Congratulations.

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    ulrikedunlap

    Congratulations. Great initials: LDS :-)

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    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    Add me to the Congratuations

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    (e)m

    Yay! Congratulations are in order. Would you prefer to be refered to as Zinnia or Lauren from here on out? I like your name by the way.

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      Zinnia Jones

      I still go by Zinnia online. It’s my pseudonym/brand and how everyone knows me.

  26. 26
    Lucy

    Congratulations, Lauren! And yes, it does feel good doesn’t it? :-)

  27. 27
    besomyka

    Since you go by a pseudonym here, I’d normally never use it, but in this context I do want to say: congratulations Lauren, I am so happy for you!

  28. 28
    shuteme

    Your happiness warms my heart and makes me joyous with you. Congratulation!

  29. 29
    sheikh mahandi

    Happy Nameday To You !
    Mazel Tov (or somesuch)

    Seriously – congratulations Lauren

  30. 30
    Jafafa Hots

    Congratulations!

  31. 31
    Jacob Schmidt

    Awesome! I glad you could make this happen.

  32. 32
    VeritasKnight

    Congratulations! Reading this made me smile quite a lot. My little sister is named Lauren, and I associate the name with many, many positive feelings. I’m glad you made this happen!

  33. 33
    osmosis

    Is it LAUren or LauREN?

  34. 34
    Comrade Svilova

    Congratulations!

  35. 35
    hackerguitar

    Congratulations to one of the finest writers and bloggers I’ve ever read!

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    oakley frogskins

    He usually drops in at my place on his way home.I meet the boss himself.I’m very proud of you.Betty and Susan are talking on the telephone.I’m your lucky fellow then.It is tomorrow that they will have a meeting.It is tomorrow that they will have a meeting.What’s wrong with you? I went there three days ago.She likes Mike a lot, but she doesn’t want to get married so early.

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