Call Me by My Name

What happens when the name you were given becomes a tool to suppress who you truly are?

Photo showing a collection of balloons with a sky background. Half of the balloons are yellow with a happy smilie face, the other half are pink with a sad smilie face.

In our minds, and in the minds of others, our names form and shape ideas of who we are. What happens when the name you are given becomes a tool to suppress who you truly are?

My birthdays have usually brought an onslaught of trauma with people using my former…