As some may have noticed, i have been banging on ad nauseam about name change for quite some time.
Part of that is political: i just don’t see why organisations should be entitled to demand security checks in respect of name change above and beyond the levels that they demand for other trivial stuff (like moving ten grand from one bank account to another…).
A part, too, is simply pedantic. As someone with a lifetime in systems and process design and latterly in linking that to the law, i am just irritated by the way in which some organisations…usually the jobsworths at the bottom of the heap, but sometimes those higher up too…either invent laws on the hoof, or get their own guidelines wrong.
So. I’ve been doing this quietly for a little while. Which is: where individuals are having difficulties with organisations on the name change front, i’ve been giving some guidance, pointing to the right web site, etc. and, on rarer occasions getting on the phone and talking to the organisation.
And yesterday i took a deep breath and started doing that a tad more formally. I shan’t say who for (of course not! the whole point is that this enables that individual to put a bit of pressure anonymously).
Nor, because i think this would very quickly dissipate trust, will i name names of the organisations i am talking to. But let us assume for the purposes of argument that the most likely candidates (since they seem to cause the most difficulty not just for trans folk, but for women who have the gall to marry or divorce, too) include financial institutions, the DVLA, and credit checkers.
Let’s suck it and see…. 🙂