If the legal name on your credit card doesn’t match your gender identity there may be awkward moments at the checkout counter or even denial of service from a clerk who suspects fraud because you appear to be a different gender than the name printed on the front or back of your plastic.
So Mastercard’s solution is the True Name card.
The product will allow for chosen names to appear on the front of the card.. “For many in the LGBTQIA+ community, the name on their credit, debit or prepaid card does not reflect their true identity. As a result, for the transgender and non-binary community, the card in their pocket can serve as a source of sensitivity, misrepresenting their true identity when shopping and going about daily life.”
The company said that..32 percent— of individuals who have shown identification with a gender or name that did not match their presentation reported negative experiences such as being denied services, harassed and/or attacked.
There have been scented credit cards in Dubai and for a long time several banks have let you design your own credit card or debit card with whatever image and slogan you want. This seems an even more logical personalization, although some personalized card images have generated controversy.
It all comes down, I think, to Coming to America. Are we the person we set out to be ourselves, or the person our parents created? That’s the theme of the movie as Eddie Murphy, the Prince of Zamunda, sets out to find his bride in Queens — but it was perfectly captured in the barbershop debating what to call Muhammad Ali, whose son keeps getting detained at airports because of this name.
Airlines are introducing new gender options for when you book a ticket. And by the way Louisville’s airport renamed itself Muhammad Ali International earlier this year.