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Facebook to Meet With LGBT Community Over 'Real Names' Policy

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Mashable Facebook has agreed to meet with San Francisco city officials and activists following criticism that its naming policy discriminates against the LGBT community.

The social network's policy, which requires users use their legal name on profiles, is not new — but has recently come under new scrutiny after a number of transgender people and drag performers reported being locked out of their Facebook accounts.

Sister Roma, member of a drag group and venerable San Francisco institution known as the The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, was among the first to raise the alarm when she was locked out of her Facebook account.

Roma had to change the name on her account to Michael Williams, a name she said she has not used for nearly 30 years.

"I am overwhelmed and moved to tears by the literally hundreds of emails I have received from people who are sharing their compelling stories explaining why they don't use their 'real' name on Facebook," she wrote in one of many Facebook posts on the subject. "I want you all to know that you are not alone, there are many people who were abused, shunned, discriminated against, fought custody battles, survived addiction, and maintain profiles that are very real and very separate from your legal identity."

As word of the policy and Facebook's apparent crackdown on affected accounts spread, upset users took to Twitter to voice concerns over the police using the #mynameis hashtag.

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  • #1
    09-22-2014 08:24 PM Lainer :
    This is sad, and so wrong. A) forcing transgendered people to acknowledge the person who they "aren't", they aren' the identity/sex they were born as. They are the identity they are now, the gender they identify with now. B) it's laying them open to become targets for abuse and hate crimes, from the intolerant and bigoted...
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    09-22-2014 08:25 PM Matt :
    Facebook is a free, non-essential service. If you don't like their policies, don't use Facebook.