Friday, 1 December 2017

What's in a Name?

Many years ago, while the internet was still in its infancy, I started looking to find out information from other transgender individuals. At that time bulletin boards were all the rage - many people used the Blue Wave offline reader to read messages left on bulletin board systems such as G-mail (the "G" standing for gender - this was pre-Google!).

Everyone needed a name to use it, including me. Still being so far in the closet that I could peek at Narnia, I decided to use a pseudonym. Desirous of keeping my initials I came up with Selina Morse (the surname in honour of my favourite detective, the forename being simply because I liked it and having nothing to do with popular broadcaster of the day, Selina Scott).

And that's how it stayed for nigh well on 25 years.

A few days ago I was in a conversation with a number of TG friends regarding how we chose our names. I told them the same tale that you, gentle reader, have just had related. And as I was explaining it to them I had an epiphany. That was the moment when I realised that it was time to reclaim my real surname of which I am fiercely proud. Morse has served me well but McMahon is truer to my Irish roots.

My name is Selina McMahon of the clan McMahon....

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