bunch of trans academics: you could have been using your chosen name all along
me: WHAT
trans academics: yeah your CV and journal titles aren't legal documents
me: WHAT

so trans academics who aren't aware of this, you can use your chosen name everywhere

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@Cyborgneticz yup! this applies to all careers too pretty much. back before we had our name changed we used to just use our chosen name on all our documents until interview processed required us to sign something, at which point it'd be much more clearly they're discriminating if they decided to back out then.

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