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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…

#NoPrideForFacebook Petition

Facebook continues to allow members of the LGBT community to be maliciously targeted and reported based on identity. Our accounts are being unfairly suspended and we’re being forced to “prove” who we are. Many of us, especially trans men and women, do not have any government issued ID that reflects…

Name Support: Facebook Appeals

Since October, members of our coalition have been working as volunteers to forward messages from diverse communities to Facebook’s customer service team. Given Facebook’s lack of major action (even after their so-called apology), we feel that this band-aid is hurting more than helping our campaign, and have decided to stop…

F’ed Over: What happens when Facebook closes your account

“This may sound silly, but it feels like I’ve lost something valuable. A lot of my memories were in that system. Hundreds of friendships I’d built, thousands of followers I interacted with every day, tens of thousands of messages exchanged, tons of photos, even a few short pieces of writing…

Chris Malloy: Facebook Bans Disabled Trans Woman of Colour for Not Appearing Feminine Enough

“If you follow social justice activism, then you may be fortunate enough to already be familiar with Kylie Brooks. Brooks is an activist, whose lived experience is as a black Deaf and disabled trans woman. Brooks routinely combines her stunning intersectional life experiences with brilliance and energy, sharing her thoughts and experiences online, tirelessly educating…

Native News Online: #IndigenizeZuckerberg – Natives Protest Facebook’s “Real Names” Policy

“Whether the high-powered Facebook machine realizes it or not their strict name policy is having a damaging impact on Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. The name policy was put into place to weed out impostors, cyber bullies and people who use false identities, such as the impostors featured on MTV’s…

Salon: Say my name: Facebook’s unfair “real names” policy continues to harm vulnerable users

“Facebook imagines itself as a community, but its names policy fails to acknowledge how diverse people experience their everyday lives.  In updated language, Facebook requires users to “provide the name they use in real life,” but their list of acceptable IDs still suggests a rather rigid definition of what’s “real.”…

Salon: Let me be Lil Miss Hot Mess: Facebook took away my stage name

“As much as I roll my eyes at our collective obsession with Facebook, watching my online identity vanish hit me hard.  It’s true: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.  To have years of photos, conversations and other traces of a life lived digitally suddenly disappear felt like…

21st Century Burlesque: Facebook Real Name Policy: A Front Line Battle Report

“The very first thing I learned as a burlesque performer was to introduce myself by the name I had given myself. It does two things: helps keep me in character and keeps me safe.  Ducky Doolittle was my teacher and she explained that by using a name that wasn’t the…

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