People of Color

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: 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: 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: 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: 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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