Facebook making drag queens use their real names or lose their profiles

As part of some kind of misguided effort towards “community safety,” Facebook has started demanding that drag queens use their legal names rather than their stage names in their Facebook profiles.

This has most recently happened to LGBT personality Sister Roma. The Daily Dot reports she was all of a sudden logged out of Facebook and told her account was suspended because it “appeared” that she was not using her real name. She was told to log in and change her name to her “legal name, like the one that appears on your drivers’ license or credit card.'”

In addition to Sister Rosa, I have just been informed by Lady Esther Gin that Lady Bunny has been forced to change her name to her legal name as well. Seriously? That is straight up ridiculous.
Comedienne and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Pandora Boxx tells me:
I feel like in trying to create an “authentic” community they are really just alienating drag queens, performers and more. Also this can affect teachers who want privacy from students or even victims who want a life free from their past abusers. The identities we form as we discover ourselves are more important than a name that was chosen from us at birth.
Also, many queens just prefer to have separate profiles for their drag personas, to allow them to interact with fans more personally (unlike a fan page), and still be able to keep in touch with their real friends and families separately from that.

Lots of people don’t use their real names on Facebook for a variety of reasons, and queens aren’t the only ones who don’t go by the name on their drivers’ licenses.

Some do it for privacy reasons, some because they are trans and have yet to make their name change legal, some because they are using a pen name or professional pseudonym. There are celebrities who use stage names as well, and are allowed to go by those on Facebook.

Oh, and don’t forget those creepazoid couples who do the uni-name thing like “DavidandMary Lipshitz” and what-have-you. Or adults who have made up their own nicknames for themselves, or have otherwise changed their names.

It’s hard to see the argument that this is a safety issue. In fact, in the case of someone not going by their real name to avoid a stalker, it could be the total opposite.

I could literally, right now, go and create a fake profile for a person with a real-sounding name, and catfish people with it, and Facebook would probably not catch on. That is how the internet works. I have at least 20 non-drag queen, non-trans friends who are not using their real names, and who change their names all the time, and I don’t see Facebook going after them.

Given the proliferation of non-legal names used on Facebook by non-drag queens and cisgendered people just trying to be whimsical, it seems as though these communities have been specifically and unfairly targeted.