Artists & Performers

User stories have been collected via our survey and are only published on our site when we’re given explicit permission by users, including whether or not we are permitted to publish their name and location (many prefer to be anonymous). They are lightly edited for clarity or readability. Note that category tags are for easy searchability only and may not be exhaustive.

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User Story: Lady Soliloque

My name is Lady Soliloque. I am a Southern Lady, author and geek. My name is not just a pen name, it is a registered and trademarked name under which I am known, and it is recognized by the US Government, the legal system, the financial system,  my state, my…

User Story: Joe Virus

I am Joe Virus. I was born Joe _______ 42 years ago, but I have been going by Joe Virus and just VIRUS for the past 20 years in my everyday life. I was a radio show host and I am a resident DJ at the longest running goth/industrial nightclub in…

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…

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: 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: 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: 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…

User Story: Anonymous

I’ve been a Facebook member since 2010 and am known to people as my writer’s name. I was unmercifully hacked and bullied and stalked by a former husband. I tried the codes: the blocking, ignoring, and fighting back. One of the cyberbullies started posting my legal name and private business. I was publicly…

User Story: Anonymous

My account was suspended not long ago and I was asked to provide my legal name. This caused great discomfort as I had been using an alias for many reasons. First, I feared being looked up by a certain person of the past who had me living life like I…

User Story: Silence “KittyBones” Maestas

I have used my Facebook account under my preferred name since 2007. In that time I have never had anyone question it or think that I was someone else or that I was projecting a false identity. I created my Facebook account under the name that I used in every…

User Story: Anonymous

I’m a public school teacher, a domestic abuse survivor, and a circus performer. I desperately need to keep those areas of my life separate, for my safety and my job. Being forced to use my real name took away my agency to be all three. I lost my performance contacts,…

User Story: Nicky Ninedoors

My name is Nicky Ninedoors. It is the name I have gone by for six years, ever since I became a stripper. When I was given the nickname “Ninedoors” about ten years ago, it stuck with me, and I identified with it. Even my husband calls me Nicky: I met…

User Story: Anonymous

I use my first name and middle name. I am a government employee and my department is known to receive threats. We are told to keep our involvement with work out of our public interactions. So I don’t want my legal last name that I use at work to be…

User Story: Uncle Mikey

Last year I changed my name to Uncle Mikey, a name I use with friends and as a drag performer… but the reason I changed it is that my wife works in a mental health facility and her profile (already under a pseudonym) got seen by clients who should not have…

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