I’m Back on Facebook after they De-Activated My Account Asking for my Government ID

For background of this piece, read the piece I wrote two weeks ago about the de-activation without notice.

I wanted to tie up the loose ends about this because I don’t like leaving a story hanging and also I want folks who are not using their government name on Facebook to know my story and get prepared.

Photo Collage Maker_jbsNPuI decided it made going to the vet for Macy’s diagnostic work more fun to dress her in costume. The ultrasound techs thought it was really cute.

I thought long and hard about whether or not to engage with Facebook ever again. On principle, I don’t like that they require legal names or name authentication like this. But I have several friends who pointed out I’ve worked hard to get where I am and the body liberation work I do is best served by connecting with folks who I already know.

My connections are important to me and Facebook facilitates them very well. I know people from high school better than if we just occasionally have drinks. I can meet someone and still keep up on their artwork and their lives or whatever. Also, as a queer connector in the world it makes me feel good to help my friends moving to Providence meet my other friends in Providence (real life example). Also, I am a kind of “safe” ally to lots of different communities that my friends can come to for resources. Like a friend’s friend’s child just came out as genderqueer and my friend (who is not in the queer community) came to me for stuff her friend could read. That’s such an amazing thing to be able to do in the world! Improving the coming out process around someone’s gender by being a person with a reach beyond a specific type of community.

I have been off Facebook now for a couple of weeks. A few friends emailed or texted worried about not finding me there. I have missed some event announcements and life stuff for people but I kind of trust that people know how to get ahold of me if they need to. Plus, I trust the Universe/the Goddess and this happened for a reason and I just let it go as long as I needed to.

I was so worried that people thought I blocked them on Facebook! (This is a great reminder to always assume people’s best intentions!)

What I ended up submitting to Facebook on Monday night was a picture of my Driver’s License, which has my government name, birthdate and photo like Facebook asked for. I submitted two supporting documents showing my name as Bevin Branlandingham. One was the Curve Magazine article about me, which I think proves I’m a real person. The other were two pieces of mail. I get a lot of mail to Branlandingham, it’s almost always super awesome.

20150412_174540I’ve been using my time off Facebook to do new things like posting outfit of the days to Instagram with lots of item detail.

I also had a friend of a friend who worked at Facebook and a couple of other people on the inside, but I’m not sure if any of the connections folks offered helped my case or not.

Given what happened to me, folks should be prepared to give Facebook an ID at a moment’s notice. If I had some notice, I probably would have tried to get an alternate something (all of their requested documents are in the screenshots below:

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20150421_172611So, I’m back on Facebook, maybe a little checked out of it, for now.

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  1. Hi, I hope you reply to this because I am in need. Facebook locked me out and asked me for my ID. So I sent them what I had, my student ID because I am a student. But it’s been around four days and my account is still locked. How long did you have to wait after submitting your ID?

  2. Hello Bevin..I first off want to say you are beautiful with a pretty dog. I thank you for sharing your story because I had the same issue with my account being locked and I sent the state id yesterday with no reply. Do you have any special contact number or email I can use to contact facebook? You can email me directly if possible I would really appreciate it.

  3. Just got locked out of my facebook account, and they’re asking for photo id. I find this extremely weird and am not at all comfortable with it. I don’t think I’m going to do it.

    1. It took about 4 days from when I finally sent them my license to being re-activated on Facebook. I was off Facebook two weeks until I decided to make time to assemble, photograph and submit the documents (took me about 30 minutes to gather, document and submit it).

  4. Okay, that blue dress is STUNNING! Although I’ve made a vow to only buy fashion I can teach in for the next bit…where did you get it?

    1. It is INC Brand, I got it at Re/Dress Brooklyn years and years ago. It’s teacher modest depending on what size you are. Ross has tons of wrap dresses but not sure if they have cotton wrap dresses.

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