Reply To: The Things that Help Make Us Feel “Real”

DeeAnn Hopings

A few years back I added an American Express card with DeeAnn’s name on it. I didn’t view that as any particular milestone. It was basically to prevent double takes when paying for something. Other than car repairs, that card accounts for maybe 80% of my purchases.

I present as DeeAnn nearly all of the time these days. Therefore, that is that name that I have used for all of my personal involvements, such as:

  • Community Liaison Officer, Great Auto of Yesteryear
  • Steering Committee member, Desert Stonewall Democrats
  • Society of Automotive Historians, member
  • Commissioner, Cathedral City Public Arts Commission
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Greater Palm Springs Pride

With the exception of the Desert Stonewall Democrats, and possibly the Society of Automotive Historians, I am the only trans person and quite possibly the first. Presenting as I feel I should and having people affirm that is a good feeling…

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