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Heather
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I just wanted to make sure everyone here knows that if you are transgender, genderqueer, questioning your gender or in some other way gender nonconforming, that there are some things you can do here to perhaps feel more comfortable if you want to, especially if you are not disclosing your current gender identity or questioning with people in the rest of your life.

Your name: Regardless of what name or handle you registered with, any user can always change what name shows up on the boards. You can go into your profile (on the main page of the board, it's a link near the top right) and change your public name to whatever you want. And you can do that more than once, too, if you like. So, if you want a safe space to try on a different name or kind of name, that's one way to do that.

Your gender: You can change that in your profile, too, if you like. And like with your name, this does not have to be a one-time commitment, you can change it anytime you like.

Because we ask for gender in that field, not assigned sex, we never assume someone's gender in their profile means they have a certain set of body parts, and if we need to know that information from you to answer a question of yours well, we will just ask. You can also put preferred pronouns in that field too, if you want.

Assumptions: If at any time any staff, volunteers or other users make incorrect assumptions about your gender or body parts, it is always okay to correct those, and we've always got your back with that.

We have a higher number of trans* and intersex users than are in the general population, and we know how tough it can be. So, we always want to do all we can to assure this is a safe space for everyone, regardless of their gender or gender identity, or where they are at with all of that. If there is ever anything additional we can do for you to make our space more comfortable, or to feel more safe for you, please just ask. [Smile]

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