Creator of Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has announced a name change and updated pronouns.
In a heartfelt comic posted on his website, Nate Stevenson, who goes by ND Stevenson professionally, shared an update with fans regarding his gender identity.
“Hello! I have something to tell you! My name is Nate! And my pronouns are he/him!… But I am not (entirely) a boy,” he said.
“I’ve chosen a ‘male’ name and ‘male’ pronouns because this is how I want to interact with a world that demands we choose one of two. But I am not one of two.”
Stevenson went on to say that he would be keeping his middle name “Diana” as a way of “paying tribute” to the other side of him.
“I may keep it hidden and close to my heart, but I am not ashamed of it. It is mine and no one else’s. It was important for me to keep my initials,” he continued.
“And truthfully, I wanted a name that fit in with my sibling’s names.”
The acclaimed artist then gave further insight into why he’s not changing his professional name, ND Stevenson.
“I like that it keeps a connection to my past work! I’ve been using Nate privately with close friends for almost a year,” he said.
Aside from his name change, the 30-year-old also discussed his identity and which “gendered descriptors” he feels most comfortable with.
“For example, “daughter” feels uncomfortable, but I still sometimes refer to myself as a “wife” (depending on who I’m around),” he said.
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“Masculine words fit better overall. And when in doubt, gender-neutral words like “sibling”, “child”, or “spouse” work just fine.”
Towards the end of his heartwarming comic, Stevenson said he’s getting “more comfortable moving through the world” before thanking his fans for the support.
“If you are reading this, I love you, and I believe that you love me. I want you to know me as I am in some ways different in some ways the same,” he said.
“Daughter and son, brother and sister and everything in between. Just as I have always been. I am Nate Diana Stevenson.
“I’m still at the beginning of my journey, and I would like you to come with me.”
Shortly after the release of his comic, fans of the animation producer took to social media to share their support.
One Twitter user said: “Aweee congrats !!!! So so happy to have seen your journey. It’s been really helpful as someone still figuring themselves out. your comics are actually part of what helped me decide on low dose T.”
Another fan replied: “Happy for you! as someone else who has been exploring their gender, I found this very affirming!”
The author’s recent announcement comes two years after he came out as non-binary in 2020, as reported by Out.
You can read Nate Stevenson’s heartfelt comic here.