Drag Queens set to battle Facebook on “Real Name Rule”

by @SaintBrendan on September 16, 2014


NBC Bay Area – A battle is brewing between two very unlikely opponents–Facebook and drag queens.

One drag queen told NBC Bay Area he goes by Eric, Lucy, or Jacqueline. And he, along with many other members of the LGBT community say what business is it of Facebook’s which one anyone identifies with. “If it’s a cute guy, you can call me Eric, but if it’s a regular customer, call me Lucy,” his male persona Eric Berchtold said. “That’s fine.” “There is a disconnect between Facebook’s policy and the way things work in the LGBT community,” Berchtold said.

San Francisco supervisor David Campos is not only concerned about drag queens, but also others who want or need to use a name other than what is on their birth certificate. “There are people who might be closeted who do not want to use their name,” Campos said “There are things around bullying that could happen if people use their real name.”

Here is what Facebook said in a statement:

“If people want to use an alternative name on Facebook, they have several different options available to them, including providing an alias under their name on their profile, or creating a Page specifically for that alternative persona. As part of our overall standards, we ask that people who use Facebook provide their real name on their profile.”

Berchtold said he does not like any of those options. “People that have gone by drag names throughout their career, and they have tons of friends on Facebook, they would be starting from scratch and that’s not fair,” he said.

Quick sidenote, how annoying is it when you see a hot Asian chick on Tinder and when you click through the pictures and are about to hit yes you see in the bio “TS” or “TG?” Is that a shared experience or just happen to me here in the Bay Area? No? Okay, moving on.

So I guess the argument here is that Drag Queens (capital D) don’t want to have their actual names attached their Facebook accounts? If that’s the case yeah i’d be a little worried if I was some Drag Queen with my pics up, looking sassy as hell but in parenthesis under my drag name of “Xtina Fierce” was Greg Peterson, it would unnerve me a little bit. But don’t you just create two Facebook accounts? Is this technically cat-fishing? I guess basically this is to protect the parents and family of Drag Queens from finding out what’s really up or so their high school doesn’t find out. If that’s the case, I say tough and just deal with it. If Verizon can’t get all my old numbers back on to my new phone, you can set up two Facebook profiles.

Also, the fact that there’s some employee at Facebook going around the website going: “Yup, that’s a dude…definitely not a chick,” should not be a surprise to anyone. Facebook has so much money, there’s probably a whole department of guys just busting tranny’s on the book with one old vice cop from the SF police department playing the Sean Connery role.

Either way, if I was a Drag Queen and was going to reveal who I was, I’d for sure do it Tootsie style as a Facebook video

P.S. Gene Hackman in Birdcage = sassiest Drag Queen ever



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