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If you are a journalist and using this article as evidence for not calling me by the name I am asking you to, please reconsider your actions and strongly consider the idea that I am the expert and only person that can create true statements about what my name is and how I want my identity to be presented professionally. Also don't compare it to Blackwater IN ANY WAY. See this article for more information.

Or: Identity is Complicated

You might have noticed that I have changed my listed name on this website to Xe. I should probably have done this a while ago. I have been starting to go by Xe in a more professional way and I am continuing this experiment with this blog. "Christine" has always been a bit of a placeholder name (albeit one that "stuck") that I have used as a legal name because a bunch of things and legal processes expect me to have one. Something something Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names something something.

As for how this is pronounced, here are some attempts to explain how to pronounce it in text:

I don't expect you to migrate over to calling me this immediately. If anything I have a weak preference for this name. If you are used to calling me "Christine" or something else, please feel free to do so.

Incidentally, this also means I have a mythical level of neopronoun/handle synergy that few others can match. I also don't expect you to use these neopronouns for me (though it would be cool if you did).

Let's see where this experiment goes.

Facts and circumstances may have changed since publication. Please contact me before jumping to conclusions if something seems wrong or unclear.