A couple of weeks ago, I took a big step in my journey to being myself by legally changing my name. Although, really it’s closer to ‘adjusting’ my name. I’ve gone from Julian Ben Pichelski to Juliann Lillian Pichelski.
That means that my pen name has also changed from J. B. Pichelski to J. L. Pichelski. How simple! Except when it comes to changing my website domain. I’ve got jlpichelski.co.uk all locked down and attached to this website, so you can go there now and go explore this very website, but in the future I’m trying to set it up so that all jbpichelski.co.uk links automatically redirect to my new domain. I’ve been following guides to get that done so hopefully it’ll be set up in due time, but for now, I can celebrate that fact that I’m one step closer to truly being myself.
Since I came out as transgender, I’ve felt that my old header image by Abbigayle Bircham no longer fit who I am as a person, so I’ve had a new banner which I commissioned from artist and video game developer Alayna Butterfly. (@fluttergirly on Twitter) I really liked the original consept and I’m glad that I was able to get something similar.
I hate my assigned gender. I always have. I considered posting a video for this but in the end it seemed like emotional overkill considering I’m not a very well known person and I already made a video explaining this to the people I know personally. I’ve always hated being seen as male and have always preferred identifying as female. I am currently in the middle of exploring what this means completely; but, for now, I have a much bigger and more exciting writing announcement to post tomorrow and I would like to get this part of me out in the open before I spend the next few months focusing on that.
Other than this, not much will change for now. My pen name will naturally still be J. B. Pichelski, but also my first name will still be Julian, because I’m really attached to it and historically it can be seen as an androgynous name. I’ll still be exactly the same person, just a person who is more connected and honest with herself. Thank you for reading and I hope we can all look forward to my much more important and exciting announcement tomorrow. I know I am.