Poll: How do you think IMDb should handle birth/other pre-transition names of transgender people?

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Given some recent complaints from the transgender community on how IMDb handles birth names in the birth details section, and on how they handle transgender people's credits that pre-date their transition, I thought I'd do a poll here to see how we think this issue should be handled. I've listed the options in order from the least to most aggressive on redacting deadnames (the term used in the trans community for a trans person's birth or other pre-transition name).

1. No exceptions whatsoever for transgender people - if posting the name would be fair game for a non-transgender person who changed or goes/went by a different name then the same should apply for trans-related name changes.

2. Redact deadnames only when done so as not to out a transgender person who is not publicly open about their gender history AND there is no pragmatic reason to have the name on there (i.e. never been credited under the deadname).

3. Redact deadnames any time there is no practical reason to have the name shown (like option #2, but would be done even if the trans person is publicly open about being transgender and there is no "sexuality" or "medical history" to redact).

4. Allow transgender people who have credits that pre-date their social transition and were credited under the name they used at the time to have that information redacted from IMDb.

My favorite option is #2, as it provides an effective balance between IMDb's policies of not removing information merely because one does not want it there, that one's filmography be accurately and completely represented, and not putting up information that is suggestive of one's sexuality or medical history. My reasoning is based on how in most cases, in contrast to many other common reasons for changing one's name, a transgender person's birth name gives away WHY it was changed - and therefore if the name communicates information that IMDb would not otherwise post and the person wishes to keep private (and can realistically be done) then IMDb should honor that. Number 3 would be my next choice, but I think if the trans person is publicly open about their past and thus my point about redacting a name because of what it communicates would not apply, then it should be on how the birth name was learned/sourced (doxxing/others causing harm vs. a reliable, "non-harmful" source). I don't like #1 because it doesn't take into account the considerations of what a trans person's birth name generally indicates. I'm not a fan of #4 either because at that point you're asking either to confuse the public who may see a work and wonder why the names don't match between the credits and what IMDb says or asking one's work history to be altered (which IMDb is adamant about not doing for other reasons that one might want credits to be removed). I know that being against #4 is unfair to those who could not/did not transition until later in life who may have worked in the entertainment industry under a name associated with their birth gender, but unlike the other cases there is a practical reason in play here - accurately representing their filmography and indicating what name(s) those credits are under instead of merely being a standard practice in biographies.
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Another point is I think IMDb should distinguish between the use of stage names in an industry where that's common vs. when one changes their name for personal reasons.
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I am quite sure there is already an IMDb policy stating that the reference name should be one the most well known one for that person (e.g. Marilyn Monroe, not Norma J. Baker).
Then you can also rely on the precedence of the former Wachowski Brothers.
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Need to split Actor | Actress on IMDb name page ? ?
(Caitlyn Jenner was not always an Actress)

Caitlyn Jenner
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0421063/
Birth Name: William Bruce Jenner

In June of 2015, she completed her public gender transition
and introduced herself as Caitlyn Jenner
with an article and photo shoot in Vanity Fair magazine
Has changed his name and gender legally,
and will receive a new birth certificate. [September 25, 2015].

Actress: TV (10 credits)
2016  Transparent (TV Series)
Caitlyn Jenner

1981  CHiPs (TV Series)
Officer Steve McLeish (as Bruce Jenner)


Actress: Movie (5 credits)
2014  The Hungover Games
Skip Bayflick (as Bruce Jenner)


Self: TV (115 credits)
The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years: A Long Road to Freedom (Documentary)
 Herself

2007  Jocking Around (Documentary)
Himself (as Bruce Jenner)

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(Edited)
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Kati Knitt

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I don't think cis people's opinions on this are very important. But 4, obviously!
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Everyone's opinion should have importance in this world. It's a bit dangerous to say things like "it don't think this opinion is not important", because after awhile you start to believe them yourself and you give up. You shouldn't. 
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No, cis people shouldn’t have a say about trans issues. When cis people have a say in trans issues, it always leads to discrimination. Cis people need to shut up and listen.
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Kati Knitt it's really hard to listen to someone if that someone does not want to listen to you. Communication simply fails that way. 
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Kati Knitt

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Cis people have no idea what it is like to be trans. Yet I get messages from cis people invalidating my experiences and lecturing me on how I should feel. Cis people regulate our lives and that’s why transitioning, getting on HRT and changing your name are really difficult in most countries. Because cis people made the rules.
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Most of the time they have no interest in us being happy and they think what we need is demanding and ridiculous. That’s very counter productive to improving the situation.
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Kati Knitt people in general love to regulate other people's lives, detouring all of us into society where we kick ourself in the head on a  daily basis. My neurological condition is inherited and can't be fixed and yet I need to reeavluate it medically every year because otherwise I will be stripped of my disability pension (and I've seen people with missing limbs doing the same every year, as well, sometimes). Some people think that I have self-control problems while people with that condition usually have much less then me, if any. The way how I look turns heads on multiple levels from assuming that I can't have any health problems because I'm tall and look somewhat young and strong to criticizing the long hair and/or the choice of clothes. That's just the top of it, unfortunately. 
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At this point, as to whose opinions matter and whose do not, I shall point out that we have heard it all before. Is it byebye time already? Disappointing.