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Where to find inclusive services
Unfortunately, some apps and online services do not have measures in place to create a safe and inclusive environment for trans individuals or to allow them to control when they disclose their identity. This can make it difficult for trans people to use these services comfortably and confidently.
For example, certain social media platforms may not allow users to choose a preferred name, or they may employ artificial intelligence that makes it difficult or impossible for trans individuals to create an account. These types of practices can make it challenging for trans people to use these services and can create a hostile or unwelcoming environment.
“However, I soon discovered that a particular social media platform had a different idea. Despite my name change, the platform kept referring to me by my dead name in notifications, reminders, and suggestions. Every time I saw my dead name, it felt like a personal attack on my identity and a constant reminder of my old life. I was hurt and frustrated by the platform’s inability to respect my name change.”
What to do
Everyone has the right to be accepted for who they are. If a social media platform is not inclusive or welcoming to you, it is important to remember that you have the power to choose to use a different service that is more accepting and safer. It is important to prioritize your own well-being and find online spaces that are supportive and welcoming.
If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, you may want to consider calling out non-inclusive policies or practices on online services. In some cases, these services may be willing to update their policies and practices to be more inclusive. It is important to speak up and advocate for changes that can create a more welcoming and supportive online environment.