Since we posted in fury at being unable to have a username @listening2lesbians for our Facebook page, we discovered that many words are banned.
What’s particularly interesting is the list of what is and isn’t banned, particularly around sexuality.
Lesbian is the only group in the LGBTIQA community who is point blank banned.
This time we screen capped it all for clarity and proof.
Lesbian is a banned word:
The word gay is fine.
Lastly the suggestion was made to us that lesbian was perhaps banned because it’s used as a pornography category. Not only would this be the wrong response to fetishising women but it’s also not accurate since the word porn is totally fine according to Facebook username criteria.
So there you have it. Lesbian is banned when others are not. Only homo and faggot were also banned.
Does this mean Facebook thinks the word lesbian is itself an insult or is it a case of deliberate discrimination and silencing?
Side note: we put our username in capitals and used an lowercase l for the I to get our username so it is @llstening2lesblans but it looks ok in uppercase as @LISTENlNG2LESBlANS. We couldn’t bring ourselves to drop the word lesbian.