Facebook’s “real name” controversy, Drag queens, and furries
by Patch O'Furr
Facebook closed my account. There’s a wave of furry victims of this ill-planned policy. Did it happen to you too?
Behind the fursona, there’s deeper issues, like the way internet trolls enjoy gay-bashing and compromising safety for participants of certain live club events. These names are positive statements. Forcing you not to use yours is a negative statement.
When I organized a “hug-in” coinciding with a protest threat from Westboro Baptist Church (of “God Hates Fags” infamy), it was meant to be a positive thing of it’s own… but also to answer them with positivity. (They didn’t show- all we did was hug.) Facebook’s policy jeopardizes people’s safety to speak that way.
Sure, you can just ditch the account any time – it’s not an entitlement – but I think many furry readers will agree this is still a problem in the realm of courtesies and tolerances, and companies being callous and shitty.
Facebook is a San Francisco Bay Area-based company. The story has local connections to this blog, beyond your internet use.
A friend of mine is closely affiliated with the Radical Faeries, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – radical groups who do a lot of Drag. He was pissed about this issue – and told me that it’s going to get bigger because they pissed off his friend, Sister Roma. (Don’t mess with Sister Roma. I got your back, sister… bark bark!) She’s an activist leading something of a social call for respect under Twitter hashtag “#MyNameIs”.
Read more about the Sisters, Radical Faeries, and their connection to “The Furry scene” in my interview series with Neonbunny. You have to dig a bit, but it’s a real, specific connection.
Neon compares fursuiting and drag…
It was a good analogy- people understand drag. It’s transforming your self to be a different gender. Fursuiting is transforming to a different species.
Today, Sister Roma is leading a meeting at San Francisco City Hall about Facebook’s policy. Again, this isn’t just an internet thing – it’s about the meaning of names and why they are important to real life activism.
— Sister Roma (@SisterRoma) September 17, 2014
Furries, tell me… has this policy affected you? Has your hobby or life been compromised, from fear of being forced to come “out of the kennel?”