I have an uncle that changed his name.

He decided to change it not because he's trans, but because his first name is fucking horrible.

It's the English version of Cletus.
I knew a woman who changed her name.

Not because she's trans, but because she was named after a horrible person in her family and she wanted to distance herself from this person.
When I was growing up, I wanted to change my middle name because there was a famous person who was horrible that also shared my middle name. I wanted nothing to do with this person.

Turns out my middle name was misspelled on my birth certificate. I love my middle name now.
Before I discovered the spelling mistake, I had to tell everyone my middle name in school. I mentioned I didn't like it, so of course the kids bullied me for it, cementing the reason why I don't like that name.
If anyone deadnamed my uncle, the woman I knew or even my middle name, people would understand why we would be a LITTLE pissed if they did that.
However, for some people, that charity stops as soon as a trans person decides to change their name, even if it's to a gender neutral name.
To those people (from a person who wanted to change their middle name because of a very negative connotation to another person who shared that name), I want to say, from the bottom of my heart:

Fuck you.

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