The first person to legally change their name following rule changes for sexual independence has changed their name. The man in question is a farmer whose new name is Sigríður Hlynur Helguson Snæbjörnsson, a change from his previous name Sigurður Hlynur Helguson Snæbjörnsson. Sigríður is one of the more popular woman names in the country. Sigríður Hlynur has been fighting for a while for his right to be named after his grandmother.
“This is a complete victory. My name is Sigríður Hlynur! I received an e-mail this morning. It has gone through,” Sigríður stated in an interview with mbl.is. Sigríður Hlynur is now his official name in the National Registry. New rules regarding sexual independence state that an individual does not need to register a different sex in order to change his name in the National Registry. The rules apply to everyone, even though the rule change was originally made with intersex or trans folks in mind.
“I have no reason to be anything other than most joyful. I got exactly what I wished for. It took a little while, but good things happen slowly, don’t they?”, Sigríður commented. He believes that many more will seek out their rights following the rule changes, and will be called what they want to be called. “It’s a victory for individual freedom. These laws are obviously not approved with me in mind, but rather other groups such as trans or intersex folks. My name change is simply a side-effect of the rule changes. The other matter is naturally more important, that a load of people can now be called by their correct names,” Sigríður stated.
Sigríður was in the middle of hay collecting duties and sounded short of breath during the mbl.is interview. “Now the hay duties must continue. I will collect the hay as Sigríður this time around,” said Sigríður who is as a matter of fact almost always called by his second given name Hlynur in daily life.
“The bill means we’re seeing a little less government interference in people’s private lives. I don’t oppose the government interfering in this and that but people’s private lives should be their own,” Sigríður stated.