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 Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 39 Half a Notion A reassessment of ambivalence. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Lindsay Peoples Wagner Change your style. Change your industry. Change the outlook of the next generation. Kyla Marshell meets the trailblazing editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue Arts & Culture Issue 35 Solid, Liquid + Gas One element. Three states. When faced with change, be like water. Arts & Culture Films Issue 35 At Work With: Shahira Fahmy How did one of Egypt’s leading architects end up walking the red carpet at Cannes? Arts & Culture Issue 35 Start Small Begin by changing one thing. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Protect Yourself How to be both smart and vulnerable during times of change.