“Yes, we’ve been hearing about the Facebook drama too over the last few days,” Budnitz said. “Ello welcomes the LGBTQ community and we’re very excited to see so many people moving over! ”
After a group of Radical Faeries signed up a couple of days ago, Budnitz has been watching an uptick in queer users joining Ello—”which makes us very happy,” he notes. “There does seem to be a bit of an avalanche since then.”
As Project Q reported, popular Atlanta drag queen Edie Cheezburger had her account suspended until it was changed to her given name, Andrew Jones.
Facebook’s policy also negatively affects transgender people who have enough trouble changing their name and gender on their ID, and would be stuck with their former name under the policy. They are also finding a new, welcome home with Ello.