A judge in Georgia has denied a transgender college student's request for a name change because it might offend the “sensibilities and mores” of Georgians.

According to Project Q Atlanta, 24-year-old Rowan Elijah Feldhaus, a student at Augusta University, is appealing Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper's decision.

Roper reportedly rejected Feldhaus' middle name of Elijah, saying that it was not gender-neutral enough.

“I felt insulted and objectified to be told by the court that I would not be able to have the name that my family, my friends, and my co-workers all call me, based on sexist opinions about ‘appropriate’ names,” Feldhaus said in a statement. “It can be a scary situation when I show up for work or the first day of class and my legal name does not match my public presentation and my gender identity. I just want to change my name so that it reflects who I am.”

At a hearing in February, Roper said that it would be “dangerous” for a person not to know another person's gender based on their name. The following month, he denied Feldhaus' request, saying that he was concerned that it might offend the “sensibilities and mores of a substantial portion of the citizens of this state.”

Feldhaus is represented by Lambda Legal.

“Changing your name is time-consuming and costly and should not be denied based on sexist notions or transgender bias,” said Beth Littrell, senior attorney in Lambda Legal's Atlanta office.