Fulton County Name Change Clinic
The Power in a Name Project is a long-term organizing and advocacy campaign to affirm and uplift Trans and Non-binary folks in the state of Georgia.
This project will assist Trans and Non-binary folks in navigating the often lengthy name and gender marker change process by providing the resources necessary to make the current processes easier. In addition, this project will utilize grassroots organizing and advocacy to transform culture and policies in the state of Georgia. The project will work to take away barriers for Trans and Non-binary folks in legally changing their names and gender markers.
Having a name that aligns with one’s gender identity is essential for transgender people’s mental and emotional well-being. A name that does not match one’s gender identity can be a constant source of stress and anxiety and can make it difficult to live authentically. When transgender people have access to change their name, it can be a liberating and affirming experience that allows them to live their lives more fully.
In addition to the emotional benefits, there are also practical reasons why it’s important for transgender people to get their names changed. A name that does not match one’s gender identity can make it difficult to obtain identification documents, employment, housing, and other essential services. When transgender people are able to change their name, it can make it easier for them to access these services and live their lives without discrimination.
- It can help them to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.
- It can make it easier for them to interact with others in a way consistent with their gender identity.
- It can help them to avoid discrimination and harassment.
- It can help them to access important services and benefits.
In the South, more specifically, where bills are being introduced to actively eradicate the existence of trans people it is more important than ever for trans people to have access to being able to change their name (if they choose).
There are a number of reasons why it is harder to be transgender in the South than in the North. These reasons include:
- Social attitudes: The South is generally more conservative than the North, and there is often more social stigma associated with being transgender in the South. This can make it more difficult for transgender people to live openly and authentically in the South.
- Legal protections: The South has fewer legal protections for transgender people than the North. For example, many states in the South do not have laws that protect transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. This can make it more difficult for transgender people to live their lives safely and freely in the South.
- Access to healthcare: The South has fewer providers who are knowledgeable about and experienced in providing healthcare to transgender people. This can make it more difficult for transgender people to access the healthcare they need in the South.