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Transition status, and nonbinary gender in the news - the funcrunch files

Apr. 16th, 2014 10:06 am Transition status, and nonbinary gender in the news

Today's top, front page, "In the news" item on Wikipedia: "The Supreme Court of India recognises a legal third gender for hijra and transgender individuals."

I contributed to the discussion that made this happen, and helped edit some of the linked articles. Proud to be a Wikipedian today.

In more personal news, I have taken active steps toward getting a court-ordered legal name and gender change:

- Cashed in some old traveler's checks and savings bonds, which should cover the filing fees (and avoid problems redeeming them later since they're under my birth name)

- Filled out the relevant name and gender change forms for the court filing and sent the Declaration of Physician form to my doctor for completion

I am hoping to get this entire process, including a new state ID and passport (which I'll apply for once I get the court order), finished by August, in time for our trip to Washington for the Beat the Blerch half-marathon in September. If it doesn't look like I'll have my new IDs by that time, which is a strong possibility, I'll have to fly under my birth name to avoid problems with the TSA. I'm registered for the race as Pax and male, but I'm more concerned about the flight. boyziggy can book our hotel under his name and I assume I won't have to show ID for that.

It will also be really nice to have my correct name and gender* legally recognized by the time of our tenth wedding anniversary on September 25. I'm still hoping to renew our vows near that date, though it will be a semi-private ceremony as we're doing the trip in lieu of having a larger celebration.

* I have put aside my desire to have nonbinary genders recognized in this country for the time being. Right now it's more important to me to be recognized as male, though I consider that to be a sex rather than a gender. I have more important goals to accomplish.


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
Date:April 17th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
It depends on the government agency. My California drivers license says sex, so I guess that's what the DMV uses (I haven't looked at their forms yet). But the form I have to fill out to get a court order in order to update my license and passport says gender. *shrug*

Edited at 2014-04-17 06:52 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - (Anonymous)
Date:April 17th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Sex and gender are still used interchangeably in most places. It's infuriating, but I've given up trying to do anything about it for the time being.
Date:April 18th, 2014 06:52 am (UTC)
Speaking of name changes, I realized a thing today. Back when you first announced your name change I said a thing about how I think it usually takes me 6 months to a year to adapt so someone's new name and in my head I am saying "[oldname]-I-mean-[newname]" and trying to do the translation before I say the wrong name out loud. And, really, mostly getting it right, but the point is it's conscious... until one day I realize it isn't. Well today was that day. Today I thought of you and my brain said "Pax" and I didn't have to translate :)
Date:April 18th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yay! :-) Sometimes my own brain still says [old name] for myself, to be honest. I'll really be glad when it's changed on all my official documents so I can be Pax everywhere.