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I used to hate my name. Lauren Stephen. I am a man. A cis-gendered male. My parents, however, choose to give me a girl’s name. It is sometimes disorienting for people if they assume they will be meeting a woman, but then I turn out to be a man. People mix up my first and last names. My last name — Stephen — is a first name for men in English. It occasionally causes minor inconveniences in doctor’s offices or other situations if something is…