Facebook bans trans woman

22:46 Apr 27 2015 California, USA

“Kylie” is a woman’s name and her account identifies her as female. However, in her profile picture, she appears as a black person who would commonly be read as masculine, with short hair, and a bearded face. Brooks is trans, and someone who works for Facebook has looked at her profile photo and decided she doesn’t look “Kylie” enough.

“Your account has been suspended because it looks like you’re not using your real name,” says a box on the site when she tries to log in. Brooks is blocked from taking any action on Facebook until she can provide them with proof of her legal name: Something she is unable to do. Even though she’s been “Kylie” for several years, it’s not her legal name.
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