LGBTQ People

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: Anonymous

A guy using a fake name was harassing me via Facebook, private messaging nasty things to people on my friends list—including outing me as HIV positive and sending x-rated photos of me—and even targeting where I work on my company’s official Facebook page.  He threatened a “hashtag campaign” against my…

User Story: Blu Parlet

My Facebook user name was the name that I have used for over 20 years. My nickname was the name, is the name, that rings true for me. Everyone, including college professors used that name. Facebook decided this was not me, not the name my family and friend have called…

User Story: Anonymous

I am a transgender person who has gone through a few periods of testing names out to see if they fit, and ultimately deciding on the nickname my mother gave me when I was a toddler and the last name I was born with. I have relatives that I am…

User Story: Anonymous

I worked stealth [not “out”] at a physical labour job for over six years. It was a verbally and sometimes physically abusive environment. Despite passing for straight and cisgender, I still dealt constantly with bullying and ostracism. Having to use my real name online would have risked having my politics,…

User Story: Anonymous

My given name is uncommon enough to make it extremely easy to find me on social media. I prefer to keep a low online profile, as a lesbian working in a non-traditional career (I am an electrician). Sometimes working big construction jobs is like having 500 older brothers who all love…

User Story: Anonymous

I had my account associated with my leather title blocked. For the last 13+ years I have gone by a particular name within the leather community. I continued to use that name when I won first a local then an international title. This is the name my mother and wife…

User Story: Anonymous

I don’t know why my name was reported, or even why, but it happened after some transphobic, misogynistic, Islamophobic users were banned from a gaming group I was the admin of. My account was for my family and friends with no “public” contact at all outside of a game group….

User Story: Paint

I am non-binary trans and Paint is my chosen name that I have been going by for about a year. As it was, I couldn’t even have Paint set as my name so my account was Pa Aint.  I am currently trying to reactivate my account with my “deadname” so…

User Story: Anonymous

I am a transgender male and haven’t legally been able to change my name yet as it is a process. I’ve explained this to Facebook and they never granted me access to my profile after that. They wanted a legal ID with that name on it. —Anonymous Dallas, TX

User Story: Anonymous

I’m a therapist who works with young adults who have serious mental illness. Some of the youth that I work with are involved in local gangs and have violent histories. Some are just overly fascinated with the therapists and social workers that are involved in their lives. I work with…

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: 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

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: 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 have no idea how I got reported but after going to a transgender event this past weekend and having met and reconnected with some great people I was eager to share photos and memories. But no. I tried to log in and was told my account had been suspended…

User Story: Sarah Lechasseur

My Facebook account was blocked a few weeks ago. I am a trans woman at the start of my transition. So I cannot do my legal name change right now (where I live, it may take a year). I wrote to Facebook two times to tell them my story and…

User Story: Kristoph Klinker

I am regularly told I’m not really trans because the name there doesn’t match. And it makes me physically uncomfortable to see my birth name. I just started transition and I’m pretty tender about my birth name right now. —Kristoph Klinker

User Stories: Anonymous

Mine is an odd case where my ‘fake’ name wasn’t blocked, but according to Facebook it should have been. During my gender and sex transition, I changed my Facebook name to the name I was taking, but because it was a ‘normal’ name no one reported it even though it…

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