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.
“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
From the video description: “If drag queens endorse Christian-right owned Chick-fil-A, is it still an endorsement? NOPE.”
Rose White (pictured left), a transgendered woman in the town of Halifax-Calderone Nova Scotia has called has written to councillors and the organizers of Calder-dale Pride in Halifax Nova Scotia asking them to ban or publish a disclaimer about “drag” acts because it promotes negative stereotypes about transsexuals and encourages hatred of those who have changed sex
According to White:
“Drag queens – homosexuals dressed as women – and drag kings, women dressed as men, performing as stereotypical crossdressers promote, foster and reinforce the belief among the audience that any bloke in a frock must be a homosexual. The council needs to prevent anything that reinforces out-of-date stereotyping. If these people are allowed to perform in the town in the Pride, they must have a prominent sign stating ‘We are homosexual men – not transexuals’.
Calder-dale Pride organizer Matt Gosridge has refused stating that event is organised to promote diversity. “We wouldn’t ever want to attempt to restrict or control in any way the people that attend the event. Calderdale Pride is all about inclusivity and freedom of expression.”
Does Rose White have a point? Or is she just being too PC or perhaps even homophobic and transphobic herself?
That’s for minds greater and more learned in psychology then mine to decide. But I do know until we all learn to embrace each other, twinkies, bears, men and women of color, leather men. clones, drag queens, drag kings, lesbians, transsexuals and so on and so on in our community we really do not have much to be proud about.
Lake Worth, Florida in Palm Beach County isn’t your typical city.
It’s a city that welcomes eco-activists, has drum circle gatherings on the beach during full moons, encourages backyard farming and had no problem two years ago of hiring Susan Stanton (pictured left) to be their City Manger. who had previously lost her manager’s job in Largo, FL after she had a sex change operation.
But what makes Fort Worth and Stanton interesting is that she’s now the center of ant-gay accusations by The Cottage, a restaurant and bar, that says she’s using the city’s noise ordinance to shut down drag-queen-featuring tea dances at the establishment.
“I have never stated to anybody in my office that I’m offended with men in dresses – certainly given the fact that I’m a transsexual,” Stanton told a packed city commission hearing this week.
The Cottage has started an online petition against Stanton that had gathered about 1,400 signatures by Wednesday. Cottage owner, owner, Loretta Lufty, claims in the petition that Stanton told her “men in dresses, and men dancing with men is offensive,” and asked her to stop the tea dances or “suffer the consequences.”
Stanton has replied that the petition is the result of a misconstrued conversation in which she was trying to keep the peace among downtown restaurants, and certainly not a product of her intolerance. “I have to be sensitive to this issue,” she said. “Often people who are not familiar with transgender expression are uncomfortable.”
Stanton also added that she had never been to The Cottage, and didn’t even know what a tea dance was.
“I thought a tea dance was one where people drank tea,” she said. “Just because I’m a transsexual doesn’t mean that I’m active in that.”
Via – Sun-Sentinel.com
* A brain, a princess, a basket case and a criminal (Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson) gathered together for The Breakfast Club 25th Reunion and nobody called Emilio Estevez? Someone’s goning to get thier buns taped together! (My GOD I feel so old!)
* Watch the Dancing Drag Queen’s (No, NOT Bristol Palin) of Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach
* Is there a Bill & Ted sequel in the works? WYLD STALLIONS RULE!
* Joaquin Phoenix to play J. Edgar Hoover’s lover opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s Hoover? So strange.
* “As the World Turns” which had the best written gay storyline of any daytime soap ended with a gay cliche and left fans really pissed off.
* OK Go’s “White Knuckles” Video features loads of dogs, a random goat, and was sone all in one take! Directed by Trish Sie and OK Go and featuring Lauren Henry and Roland Sonnenburg’s Talented Animals!