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Power Drag Queens ON! – San Francisco Drag Queens Take On Facebook’s Name Policy

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A group of San Francisco drag queens lead by Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence along with Supervisor David Campos are launched a campaign against Facebook’s policy requiring users to use their ”real” name which compromises the privacy, health and safety of many members of the LGBT community and  also raises the questions about who has the right to determine how someone chooses to identify.

Via SFGate:

“The fact is Facebook is a very important life in San Francisco and we want members of our community to feel comfortable and treated with respect as they participate in Facebook,” he said. “These people have created an identity connected to their public name. Facebook has created a community we all want to be a part of, and everyone should get to be a part of it, however they choose to identify.”

Campos is in talks to set up a meeting between Facebook and some of the city’s drag entertainers. There is also a Change.org petition with more than 3,000 signatures asking for similar changes.

Perhaps Facebook should try to  clean up the various spammers, hate speech accounts, cam whores, and free sample scammers using FB under *their* “real names first before it tries to enforce any policies which in reality are only there to data-mine the hell out of you.  #RealTalk

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