Drag queens upset at Facebook rule requiring real names

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SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. -– For some folks, life is a drag as well as a way of life. And drag queens across the country are none too pleased with the way Facebook is treating them.

Facebook locked the accounts of people who use aliases or stage names, saying they have to use their legal names to get back on.

According to Facebook, making drag queens use their real names keeps the LGBT community safe.

It’s part of Facebook’s policy, even though it usually doesn’t check it out.

Violet S’Arbleu is a Houston drag queen who shares the same Facebook concerns as her sister queens.

“Although I enjoy my fans very much, and I appreciate them coming out, I don’t necessarily want everyone to see me to know my real name. It’s distressing, because I’ve got a lot of new emails that I really don’t usually get.”

Now, Facebook has temporarily reactivated the profiles for several hundred drag queens around the world.

“It doesn’t make sense that they’re going to allow you to choose so specific a title for how you represent yourself to the world, but they’re not going to let you have a name that reflects that option,” Violet S’Bleu says.

This means drag queens will have yet another choice to make, and that is which face to put forward on Facebook.

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