“The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a San Francisco activist drag troupe, are protesting against Facebook’s policy requiring that all their users must use their legal given name on their profiles. What do you think?”
“I would agree with what the Sisters are saying. I think there is a big problem in our current society in kind of understanding the balance of our legality, which is beyond our choice, especially in this situation with a given name that we might not necessarily identify with — we’re born unknowing. Facebook should not have to act as a database, because that’s not its purpose. It’s purpose is to connect people, and people are not necessarily their given and legal identities. People are the identities that they create themselves.
“I think both ideas are valid because if they don’t identify with their legal name, then I could see why they wouldn’t post th
at. It’s social media; it’s how you identify yourself. So that makes sense on the Sisters’ part, but on Facebook’s part, it also makes sense from a legal standpoint, just because there’s all those dateline issues. So you wouldn’t want to have that be an issue for you, and have to deal with legal settlements.”
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“Well I feel like there are plenty of people who already don’t use their legal name, because if you’re a performer or an actor, you use a performance name. And right now there is no legal repercussions for anybody who just uses a stage name or is part of a group with a name, even if it is a single person. I see it as just a way of promoting your act. I really don’t think there are any legal repercussions, especially if it’s a part of your artistic life and career.”