I’m going back down to the Daley Center tomorrow to finalize my name change and I’m nervous! I go before a judge and basically need to convince her that I’m not attempting to commit fraud or escape debt by changing my name. (Obviously I’m doing neither.)
Legally, there should be no reason to say no to the name change, but there’s still the slim possibility I’ll magically end up with a major bigot for a judge. As I’ve said before, I have little doubt my white, middle-class, lawyer’s-daughter privilege would eventually let me get things back on track, but I have no desire to play “Convince a judge trans people have valid needs” tomorrow.
The only nice thing (which I’m glad I just checked online) is the central Chicago DMV is down the block from the Daley Center, so I won’t have to go out of my way to get my corrected license.
Assuming everything goes smoothly with the judge at 9AM, it’s possible I’ll have not only my name change paperwork but an actual new license by noon!