Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Sheala Dawn Reinertson, an advanced patient care technician, happy wife and mother. Hello Sheala!
Sheala: Hello, it is a pleasure to be with you.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Sheala: Yes, thank you. I am 33 and came out as transgender at 31. Before then I had spent 8 years in the US NAVY, and am very proud of the time that I spent in the service. I am now making a great advancement in my career and in nursing school.
Monika: Your name hit the headlines in connection with The Name Change Project, which expanded to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a year ago and connects transgender people with volunteer attorneys. How did the project help you?
Sheala: That was honestly the only way I was able to complete my name change. In PA I had to go in front of a judge, I would have done the papers all wrong, they were also able to minimize the cost to me. Without that I would not have been able to afford the name change.