Dead-naming is over – KeYou

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Birth name used to be usual at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) but are about to be removed from now on upon request. The group of LGBTQ advocating organizations that included the National LGBTQ Task Force, GLAAD, the Transgender Law Center, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Transcend Legal, Inc and Equality Federation did an excellent job and enforced the portal to pay attention to transgender identity. The entire procedure was described by the portal spokesperson.

“To remove a birth name either the person concerned or their professional industry representative simply needs to contact IMDb’s customer support staff to request a birth name removal. Once the IMDb team determines that an individual’s birth name should be removed — subject to this updated process — we will review and remove every occurrence of their birth name within their biographical page on IMDb. Where someone is credited on a project by their birth name, this will appear on the site in parentheses to preserve “the factual historical record by accurately reflecting what is listed on-screen”.

The case was moved forward during the pride month this year. The major issue arose was that for many transgender performers their birth name was shown in a profile without their consent, the practice referred as dead-naming. It is at least disrespectful as the tribute to person’s transition is simply not paid. “With all the trans-related violence and murder, it seems very obuse to refuse to remove information that could quite literally put people in danger,” added the actor who preferred not to disclose their name. And that is so true. There should be a balance between keeping users informed and safety of the actors.

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