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Facebook Expected to Let Drag Queens Use Their Preferred Names

After weeks of pressure, the tech company will let pseudonyms back on. 

 

"Don't fuck with drag queens." That's what Harvey Milk Democratic Club President Tom Temprano wrote at the start of the controversy surrounding Facebook's decision to require users to register under their given rather than preferred names. He was right.

It appears that Facebook will be reversing its policy as early as today. This is a big win for the groups that took the name controversy up as an issue, including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Supervisor David Campos, who is currently running for the State Assembly.

According to Valleywag, Facebook is expected to offer an apology today at a meeting with Campos and LGBT activists and will offer changes to the way it enforces its naming policy, which had previously required users to sign up with the names that appeared of government-issued documentation like credit cards, drivers licenses, and student IDs.

 

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