Score one for the drag queens! After a month of doubling down on their tone-deaf “Real Names” policy, Facebook has apologized to the drag community following a meeting with community members and queens.
Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, said: “I want to apologise to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbours, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we’ve put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.”
Following today’s meeting, Supervisor David Campos reports in a press release.
“The drag queens spoke and Facebook listened! Facebook agreed that the real names policy is flawed and has unintentionally hurt members of our community. We have their commitment that they will be making substantive changes soon and we have every reason to believe them,” Campos said. “Facebook apologized to the community and has committed to removing any language requiring that you use your legal name. They’re working on technical solutions to make sure that nobody has their name changed unless they want it to be changed and to help better differentiate between fake profiles and authentic ones.”
The message learned? DON’T FUCK WITH THE DRAG QUEENS, FELLAS. They threw the first bricks at Stonewall, and they will continue to fight for YOUR rights!
Oh, and my favorite line from Britain’s rather staid Guardian newspaper?
“I’m beyond thrilled that Facebook has offered a genuine apology and agreed that our real names are the ones we make for ourselves,” said Lil Miss Hot Mess.
(via ValleyWag; Pictured above: Sister Roma and Supervisor David Campos)