Thursday, November 6, 2014

DRAG QUEENS AND FACEBOOK

 
As you all may know, I am probably the only one not on Facebook!!!!! Yes . it is true. I have never felt the need to be on there and plain just don't have the time. Between work, blogging and social life there is just no time. And besides, I'm in contact with past and present with who I want, so if your not in my life in some way it's because I don't want you there.  But, I'll let you in on a secret.....I did try to create a page  for my persona  once, to tie it into club dates, when I was still regularly doing drag, and to tie it to my blog, and it rejected my name!!!! So , it was a no go. But now apparently in a big way Face book is cracking down big time on the Drag Queens for not using their real names...AGAIN!!!!! Queens are getting sick on all this bull crap, and many are saying they hope FB becomes the next My Space. Now many queens are jumping to their own created Drag Book, where your free to be who you want to be.
 
 
In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site. A couple weeks ago, Facebook declined to change its policy after meeting with drag queens and a member of the San Francisco board of supervisors. The company said is usually deletes accounts with fake names after investigating user complaints. This from Komo News......

"This policy is wrong and misguided," said Supervisor David Campos, who was flanked by seven drag queens during a press conference at San Francisco City Hall.

The drag queens and others in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community say many Facebook account holders fear using their real names for a variety of reasons, including threats to their safety and employment.

"I have crazy family members who I don't want contacting me through Facebook," said a self-described drag queen who calls herself Heklina.

Facebook said it temporarily restored hundreds of deleted accounts for two weeks. After that they'll have to either change their name to their real name, or convert their profile to a fan page.

Campos and the drag queens, led by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - a San Francisco group of drag performers and activists that's been around since 1979 - say they plan another meeting with Facebook and are hopeful that the company will ultimately alter its policy.
 
 
These days I could care less myself, but feel for the Queens who want to be on there. Just one more reason for me to dislike Facebook, among helping to socially retard people from interacting in person. Just the other day I was in our break lounge at work. No one talking hardly. ALL on Facebook pages.....constantly. With hardly any interaction. I also witnessed this out before in public. Even at the Raven, I have seen a group of guys out, made to effort to meet up, but then all stood around, on cells, looking at Facebook pages. What was the point of meeting up?
All this ruckus going on. I'm glad I never went to the dark side.

24 comments:

  1. I joined Facebook as a way to keep track of Youngest Son. He hardly uses it but his friends will post pictures with him in it and that causes it to be sent to my page. Usually seem to be in bars or at football games :-)

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    1. Facebook does have its pros and cons I guess like anything else.

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  2. I use it to keep in contact with friends and family from my old coast, but this whole No Drag Names policy is just ridiculous.

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  3. I have Twitter because I don't need to use my real name, and I usually keep my comments under 140 characters.

    Well, maybe not this one...

    I've always been leery about safety and security when it comes to Facebook, and that's why I'll likely never have an account on it. I also don't want certain people finding me on it for fear of my own safety. And maybe theirs if it's a fair fight. ;-)

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    1. Yes Huntress, the safety thing was also a reason we liked using performing names. Especially with the crazies in California.

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  4. Well, as the senior guest around here, I know not what goes on. I have never been on Facebook. When I want to contact someone, call me old fashioned, but I either call, email or gasp.......send a hand written letter.....on stationary!!!!! But seems like a ridiculous rule.

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  5. Don't get me started!!!!! I was one who got the ultimatum. So a dumped Facebook. Why would I use my real name? I used it mostly for drag pr and clubs performances. So.... off to drag book which is actually more tailored made for us anyway. Like you, if I wasn't doing drag anymore, I wouldn't be on Facebook either, I wouldn't have a need.

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  6. Great post, and agree. It's just a plain in the ass to change after all this time. Besides, I don't like Fb having so much personal information. And why is this just now a issue?

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  7. Facebook can go f@*k themselves. I had used it with Betty Boofont for all this time, and now its a issue? Besides, I'm getting much more traffic from DB anyhow.

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  8. no fackbork for me! have no use for it. and the privacy issues; fuck them!

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  9. You are not alone darling... farcebook if you ask me...

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  10. This has been happening quite a bit also within the modeling community, where its common for myself and others to use aliases to be used. I know several models and photographers that have had accounts removed. I have since dropped Facebook.

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  11. This is so stupid there doing this!!!! While not a drag queen, as you know I'm a popular Philadelphia club personality and party promoter and after 8 years just had to change mu account name a or be deleted.....so I canceled my account with FB all together. Bitches.

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  12. I'm not a FB user either and I too hate how everyone under 40 is constantly glued to their effing phones all the time.

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  13. One must remember that Facebook is just another company focused purely on making money out of advertising with zero focus on customers. I am getting tired of Facebook and hardly ever on it anymore.

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  14. Gee, my name should go over real well.

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  15. My Facebook was suspended the day after I posted about the protest. Coincidence? I think not.

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  16. I don't Facebook either, it made too much noise in my head.
    Ooh, come round and do my hair and make up - what a night in we'd have!

    Tabs x

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  17. Is this a new rule? If it is, it should apply to everybody including celebrities.

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  18. This should be interesting.remember Stonewall? Drag queens are not to be trifled with.

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    1. Yes, they don't want us help in head quarters!!! I still have my account, buy who knows how long.

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  19. Believe it or not I don't Facebook. And, I know exactly what you mean about people not interacting. It's crazy how people have become mindless, silent zombies who never speak or socialize any more.

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  20. I suppose FB will have to learn the hard way that you, Don't Piss Off A Drag Queen!

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