Gertrude B McClain
Names are an integral part of the human condition and taking on a new name can be one of the most meaningful steps for a transgender or gender non-binary person in validating and expressing who they are. Adopting a new name to reflect this is a really significant part of the journey.
A naming or re-naming ceremony allows you to share and celebrate this occasion, surrounded by those you love. Like all milestones, I feel it is so important to honour the journeys we experience together. A re-naming ceremony might be a lovely opportunity to reflect on your journey, give thanks to those who will have shown support and love; but above all it’s an opportunity to celebrate and to say, ‘this is me!’
If you want to celebrate the changing of your name or indeed mark your transition, it would be my privilege to chat with you about how we could best celebrate your journey. You can personalise your ceremony with readings, music, or any number of personal touches. Every ceremony will be unique, comprising of individual elements which will celebrate a new beginning, a new name, and the next steps on your journey through life.
I really want to listen, learn, reflect and be the best ally I can be.
The years will never take away
Our chance to start anew,
It's only the beginning now
So dreams can still come true.