After meeting with a group of drag queens and a San Francisco official, Facebook has refused to change its policy requiring that “real names” be used on performers’ profiles.
Facebook has been deleting the profiles of drag queens and others who go by their drag names on Facebook. Some of these individuals say they can’t appear with their legal names online for fear of losing their jobs or even endangering themselves. Along these lines, depending on how strict Facebook is, this could also end up harming trans people and other non-performers who go by different names online for safety reasons.
Instead, Facebook is suggesting performers create “fan pages,” but the queens say it’s harder to build a following and spread the news about gigs that way. Plus, many say they want to build friendships online, not just fan bases.
If Facebook doesn’t change its policy, the drag queens at San Francisco City Hall Wednesday said they would organize protests and boycotts.
"Abused women, bullied teens, transgender people… (there are) a million different people with a million different reasons to use fake names," said Sister Roma, a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Facebook says it policy “helps prevent bad behavior, while creating a safer and more accountable environment.”
Oof. Something tells me this fight isn’t over.