Please note there are two people here with the name River.
The first one to arrive (March 2009) here has the username River, and signs his name River, and his public profile is here
. He is based in Santa Fe, NM, in the US, and is bisexual
The new arrival (August 2011) is me, with username trueRiver, signed as as River~~, and his public profile is here
. He is based in Manchester, England as of August 2011, but may soon move to be near his daughter in Tain, Scotland. He is heterosexual
So, why not just change my screen name to avoid confusion?
The thing is, it is not just a screen name. I chose the name River~~ (complete with the twiddly bits) back in 1997, and have been using it ever since. It is the name on my bank cards, driving licence, tenancy agreement, etc etc. My son and his mother both call me River (as why should my name change between people -- I may be in a different role but I am still the same me).
This has been a personal stand for a long time: but is also a Quaker practice dating back to the 17th C. No titles, just the same name to everyone.
So if it causes confusion, I hope you will live with it. I hope this short message helps.