“Real” Names

Posted: March 26, 2013 in All Things Trans

a gentleman and a scholar

It comes up on a fairly regular basis – and maybe it’s time for a little explanation. As is the case for nearly everything in my life, it’s neither as scandalous nor as glamorous as a lot of people assume it to be. So – “what does CN stand for?” – or its unpleasant cousin – “what’s your real name?”

 

Well, it is my real name, thank you very much, unpleasant questioners. On all my legal documents and everything I’ve put out into the world.

 

In terms of what it stands for – it doesn’t stand for anything – it is just itself. It comes from somewhere, but that’s not the same thing.

 

Again, dull dull dull – my parents gave me two names, the first of which began with C and the second of which began with N. If you were bored (or creepy) enough you…

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