Real names v. legal names: a transgender problem

The Valkyrie and I are attending the Orlando Nerd Fest to see Steam Powered Giraffe play.  I just ordered the tickets, and the name problem came up.  Tickets are will-call only, and names on them have to match the names on our photo IDs.  The “tickets” are badges.  Badges, visible to everyone, with our legal names on them.  Our legal names, which are not the names we’ve chosen for ourselves as transgender people.  I understand the whole “matching photo ID” thing, but I wish they offered the option to change the badge name itself.  I have emailed the event people to see if showing up with a printout of the payment receipt would be enough.  I hope it is.

I need to get my name changed.  I was gifted the money for my birthday in February, but have not done it because I’ve been depressed and unable to deal with the paperwork and fingerprinting and court appearance and everything that goes into it.  The Valkyrie hasn’t done it for financial reasons — it’s $400 here in Florida, which is ridiculous.

This sucks.

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