I got another job! It’s strange to think just a few months ago I was signing on job seekers every two weeks while attending ‘Get Back To Work’ LifeSkills appointments and now I’m working for LifeSkills and another company. I’m only a cleaner but hey! It’s a job and it’s a couple steps forward than where I was… even if I am still on the bottom of the food chain (no offense to my other fellow scrubbers out there).
I started my new job about a month ago, feeling excited to get more money in my back pocket to buy new clothes, makeup and nightouts – what else is a single 24 year old transsexual going to spend her money on? There was only one problem, I needed prove of ID so I couple get paid.
I don’t know if it’s just me or if other t-girls out there have had issues when it comes to their ID but as soon as I hear that two letter word I can feel a migraine coming on almost instantly. There just always seems to be an issue when it comes to it. Keep in mind the other form of ID I own is an old rusted and busted passport that has a picture of me at 17 years old looking like a thug, my old name and old gender. I should have probably got that changed once my name was changed legally the first time but living off job seekers made that idea almost impossible.
So after explaining my issues with my manager she said all I needed was that old rusted and busted passport of mine and my change of name official form. Well that didn’t seem too complicated until I tried looking for the form. I had lost it. LOST my change of name form and not only that, but my birth certificate along with it. So I didn’t get paid for last months hours because I didn’t have any proof of who I am.
So I got in touch with my friend Justine Smithies (transgender inspiration and owner of http://www.justbeyourself.org.uk/) for some advice. It turned out it wasn’t as difficult as I thought, all I needed was to print off a new form and get a solicitor to re-sign it.
So today I put on my high-waisted skinny jeans, green crop top and a pair of killer heels and tiptoed my way to court. I went into court and approached Stuart A. Flowerdrew, explained my situation to him and he said he was more than happy to sign it. So all and all I finally have my main form of ID (change of name) back and have plenty copies just incase one decides to go missing.
So if you ever find yourself in my shoes and lose your Change of Name Declaration (hopefully you wont be as careless as I was) and don’t know what to do, simply print off a new form, find a solicitor and ask them to sign it. Done and done! If you’re struggling to find a site where to print off the document my friend has linked you to a great example (link below)
Until next time, double kisses.