“What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet."

Changing names is often a pivotal point in the coming out process for trans and gender-diverse individuals, and the conversation around the importance of a name in one's identity is universal.

Mental health professionals and those who provide gender-affirming care agree that the act of changing your name to something that matches better with who you understand yourself to be is a key pillar when it comes to mental healthcare for these individuals, and its significance should not be overlooked.

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