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  • Issue 47

How to Change
A Name

A short guide to finding what suits.
Words by Tal Janner-Klausner. Photograph by Corey Olsen.

At the start of life, a name is a shot in the dark. Our official moniker says more about who our parents were than who we might become. Sometimes they make a lucky guess and the name sticks; sometimes it doesn’t.

I dropped the letter “i” from my birthname, Tali, six years ago. Tal is a gender-neutral name, in sync with my nonbinary self. I haven’t yet legally changed it and there are still people who use the old one. Often I remind them, sometimes I let it be. It’s an ongoing journey.


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Seven

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