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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Drag Queens Postpone Protest Over Facebook's Controversial "Real Name" Rule

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

  • Jose A. Guzman Colon / CVNewspaper /
By now, most people have seen the news that Facebook is requiring all users to be known by their “real” name on their profile, suspending accounts and encouraging anyone who uses a pseudonym to set up a separate fan page. It’s allegedly a security measure, but people read sinister intentions into this particular edict from on high.

A good rule of thumb in tech is to remember that if a product is free, the real product is you.

As with so many social issues, drag queens are at the forefront, and the Bay’s more socially minded queers organized a protest (with the accompanying hashtag #MyNameIs) to commence at the Market Street Safeway today at 9:30 a.m., with a caravan headed to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters. It has since been postponed pending a meeting this afternoon between Facebook execs, Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Supervisor David Campos, also in Menlo Park.
While many queens were no doubt elated not to have to show up in full face and be punctual at such an early hour, the issue is actually far more serious than entertainers’ brand recognition. There are all manner of valid reasons for calculated anonymity such a public platform: job security, abusive past relationships, even political oppression.

An open meeting of the Harvey Milk Democratic Club tonight at 8 p.m. at the Womyn’s Building to discuss any developments and community concerns is still happening.

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