If you’re in the San Francisco area tomorrow, I urge you to join the march against Facebook, protesting their diabolical new “real names” policy. At 9:30am, meet at the Castro Safeway to get on the bus or carpool… or join at 11am at the Facebook HQ: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA.
From the Facebook (ha) description:
Facebook has recently been cracking down on drag queens, locking us out of our profiles until we change our names to our “real names.” But Facebook is picking a fight with the wrong crowd: we know REALNESS isn’t the name we were given at birth, it’s the name we kiki with online and off! We invite EVERYONE to join us in a massive protest of this tired policy — everyone has a right to control their identity online!
** PLEASE COME IN DRAG! **
(Even if it’s your first time!)
Categories include: Tech Executive Realness, Social Media Starlet, etc etc etc.
** CARPOOL **
If you have a car (or car share!), please bring it so we can shuttle as many people as we can! We’ll start with the bus, but are hoping to bring a HUGE turnout!
Of course, drag queens aren’t the only ones affected by this — we’re just the ones with the big mouths! This issue affects a lot of marginalized, creative, and professional communities, including transgender people, bullied youth, activists, LGBTQ people who aren’t out everywhere, survivors of domestic violence and stalking, migrants, sex workers, artists who work under pseudonyms, and various professionals who work in sensitive professions (eg. mental health, criminal justice, etc.) who may want to interact with friends without being found by clients. Facebook claims that its “real name” policy helps protect people from bullying, but this is a form of targeting our communities that can actually make us much less safe. Facebook is today’s public forum and they can’t exclude us — who are they to say we or anyone else isn’t “real”?!
Stay tuned here for more details!
If you want to help out, email [email protected]!