What names mean to transgender and nonbinary people, and the impact of chosen names.

Story By Jax Kiel

Early in her transition, Sarah Mayes went to a Starbucks kiosk at the mall and ordered an iced coffee, looking for something routine and thoughtless to do.

“[The barista] asked what my name was and I said ‘Sarah,’” Mayes said. “And that was the first time I said my name out loud to a stranger. To someone who wasn’t very intimately connected to me.”

The woman smiled, wrote the name, and a few minutes later the iced coffee cup labeled “Sarah” came…

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