Out in the Open

"It's my name. I chose it."

Dominic Ravina and Samson Learn are both transgender. They discuss changing their names to match their true identities.
(Left: Rena Kulczycki/Right:Provided by Dominic Ravina)

Many of us struggle with the names we were given... for better or for worse. But that struggle takes on a whole new urgency when your given name contradicts your very sense of who you are.

Dominic Ravina and Samson Learn are both transgender, and they've both asked the world to recognize their true genders by asking others to call them by the names of their choosing. But that's not as straightforward a process as you might think.