Author: #MyNameIs

User Story: Anonymous

I was raised by parents who were both addicts. I survived a childhood full of physical and sexual abuse and spent many years with them dragging me all over the country hiding. As a grown woman I created a community and new family based solely around the person I had…

User Story: Anonymous

The use of a stage name is often a safety issue. I’ve been a professional belly dancer for 10 years, and during that time, I’ve had a man who used to make repeated inappropriate late night calls to my home phone, a woman I met once who imagined a deep…

User Story: Tea

I am a 62 year old transgender woman. I own a bicycle shop that I opened in 1975. I came out of the closet at 55 years old and call it living my missed youth, at 58 I began performing burlesque. #MyNameIs helped me continue to use burlesque to support respect…

User Story: Ballistic Whistle

My name is Ballistic Whistle and I coach Roller Derby in London, UK. The Roller Derby community is a hugely diverse community worldwide, often with participants adopting aliases. These can adopted for numerous reasons. Some simply have daytime jobs whereby using their real name in roller derby is not an…

SF Weekly: Facebook Real Names Policy Divides SF Pride Board, Money Wins

“Facebook will be allowed to sponsor and march in the San Francisco Pride Parade this year, despite its refusal to change the “real name” policy that drag queens and trans people say discriminates against them. The reason Pride is turning its back on the portion of its community affected by…

SFist: SF Pride Bends To Pressure From Facebook, But Board Vote Was Close Over ‘Real Name’ Controversy

“Last week we showed you the vaguely worded joint press release that was issued by the SF Pride board of directors and Facebook in advance of a June 1 protest that’s set to revive the controversy over Facebook’s “authentic names” policy — a debate that’s been going on sincea wave…

User Story: Mone’t Ha-Sidi

My name is Mone’t Ha-Sidi. I have been a Facebook user since 2009, I have always used my legal name, never a nickname or anything else. I am a hairstylist and burlesque performer—since my name is is unique I don’t use an alias. Most people think it’s a chosen name, except people…

User Story: Ginger Slap

I am professional burlesque performer. I love sharing soul on stage with my audience, and even my crazy sexual side. But I don’t want stalkers tracking me down. It can be scary sometimes. Having someone you don’t know show up on your door step is an unwanted experience. But the…

User Story: Anonymous

I have PTSD. As a child, I used to get beaten by my mother until I was afraid for my life. My name now is an attempt to break from the person I was then, as well as avoid my mother and other family members. When Facebook said the name…

User Story: Anonymous

I have been writing and campaigning for gay rights in a country where gay people have no protection or equality under the law. I used a pen name to do this and had built up nearly 2,000 contacts across the globe. Then I got a new computer and because it…

User Story: Anonymous

My name protected me from my employers finding out about my private life, and people I don’t want to locate me. My surname is too unusual to hide behind—the man I sent to prison for childhood abuse would know me, and the man I’m divorcing for domestic abuse would find…

User Story: Khandie Khisses

I was asked to change my name to my legal name one day on Facebook. Something I never wanted known. A few years ago I ‘acquired’ a stalker. A nasty and vile stalker. One who actively searched me out both on the internet and in person. I was advised by…

User Story: Anonymous

Facebook made me change my name. I sent them this response: Hello. I an a retired peace officer (San Francisco Sheriff’s Department). I have had credible death threats by a convicted murderer because of my involvement with her incarceration. For reasons of personal safety I NEVER put my actual last…

User Story: Ace Backwords

Someone on Facebook who was angry at me over something else reported me via Facebook’s “fake name” policy and used that as a way to sabotage my Facebook profile.  I was blocked for 6 months because of that.  I had been using the name Ace Backwords, which I’ve been using as my…

User Story: Anonymous

I am a Kundalini Guru and unfortunately there are some very unstable people in the world and for my legal name to be used rather than my spiritual name and title, can open me to some dangers. I have been stalked and was attacked by a seeker. It would be…

User Story: Joëlle

For the second time, my account has been suspended because I only use my first name online, but not my unique surname. Using a mononym / single name affords me both privacy from the public and familiarity to friends. I’m the only one in the world with my full name combination,…

User Story: Jayne

When I joined Facebook a few years ago I posted my given name and everything was fine. But then Facebook sent me a message asking if I wanted to post my maiden name so that people from high school could contact me. I saw that most of the other women…

User Story: Angelina

I was raped at 19 because of my sexual orientation.  So when I was asked to provide my ID, I felt that I was once again been violated by Facebook.

User Story: Anonymous

I was told today by another user that he hopes that a man beats me to death. He then reported me for having a fake name. Like I am going to post my real name when a mentally disturbed person with a criminal record has a vendetta against me? My…

User Story: Bon Bon

My name keeps my personal life private and has been my day-to-day name for 10 years.  I complied with Facebook to give them other forms of ID that they said they would accept. I gave one photo with my state ID and an event staff badge with my nick name…

User Story: Misha Dancing Waters

My name is Misha Dancing Waters. This has been my legal name since 2010. It appears on my Wisconsin driver’s license, United States passport, tax return, bank accounts, lease, and birth certificate. It is what I am called by my family and friends. It is my name. My name was…

User Story: Vertical Cat

After using Facebook for eight years, with my name Vertical Cat (talking privately with close family and friends – nothing remotely contentious, just comment and photos of my life – all entirely banal) you suddenly decide to suspend my profile and tell me that I need to produce government ID…

June 1: Protest at Facebook HQ

Monday, June 1, 2015. Facebook Headquarters: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA.

Survey: Share Your Story

We’re looking for people who are willing to share their stories with us to help demonstrate the extent of the problem, and why even relying on “authentic names” is an unfair and dangerous policy.

User Story: Georgie Pendragon

I have been using my ‘name’ since the 8th grade—long ago, approximately 31 years! I am transgender, partially Native American, an artist, a stalking survivor, but my name was not to hide. It’s just my name. Anyone who wished to find me, would be using the name that Facebook decided…

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