G. L. Balend

The complicated story behind my deceptively simple name change

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In early 2020, I began the process to have my name changed legally. Again.

This is a common rite of passage for most transgender people, as we come to terms with our identities and seek to find a name that better suits us as we begin our transition journey. …

My journey on this platform and what I’ve learned along the way

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This is the one hundredth article I’ve written since starting my journey on Medium in July 2018. I am not as prolific as some, but I wanted to mark this milestone. I write about one to four articles per month, which I write between working on my novels and fictional…

How I’m preparing for this year’s challenge

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It’s that time of year again, for those of us who participate in the annual writing event that is NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, many intrepid writers all over the world set aside their other activities and focus on trying to write 50,000 words in…

G. L. Balend

Transgender writer and author. I primarily write about LGBTQ issues, with a focus on the transgender community. https://glbalend.medium.com/membership

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