G. L. Balend

The complicated story behind my deceptively simple name change

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

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

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…

Being out online can attract both the best and worst people

As a writer of LGBTQ+ content, I often use social media to promote my writing. Besides the pieces I write for Medium, I also write fictional stories and novels. As a self-published author, I need to promote to get any sales. Sometimes my promotions fall flat with zero engagement, other…

G. L. Balend

Gay, 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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