Jem And The Wikipedia Entry

jemAnnouncing to friends, colleagues, the world, that someone is transgender, is just one small part of what can be a very complex process in changing the way the world sees that person, into the way they know themselves.

But does anyone think that changing your Wikipedia entry will be one of the more difficult aspects?

Last week, Jem And The Holograms artist Sophie Campbell posted,

But Wikipedia seemed to want to keep referring to her as Ross Campbell, despite numerous edits and references to her announcement.

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Back and forth, back and forth… but eventually reason began to rear its head.

According to the Twitter account @mooncalfe1, Ross Campbell is now Sophia Campbell. Per WP:BLPSELFPUB and MOS:IDENTITY, this page should refer to her as "Sophia" if and only if we believe that Campbell owns and is currently in control of @mooncalfe1. I personally have no knowledge of her or her work; @mooncalfe1 seems to be her, but I don't really know. Can anyone suggest a way of proving it? If not, we should really wait for RS confirmation per WP:DEADLINE. FourViolas (talk) 04:23, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Okay, I guess it's unlikely that her Tumblr and Twitter would be hacked simultaneously. Still, it would be nice to have WP:RS. FourViolas(talk) 04:25, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

That is her twitter account. She had recently changed her username, but her tumblr is at the same address it had been at before, and links to @mooncalfe1. Her tumblr also uses her new name as well, and her deviantart has a "coming out" post. So either it's true, or someone has taken control of her twitter, tumblr and deviantart. —FortMax (talk) 04:29, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

And the listing was changed, Twitter now accepted as a source…

Hopefully this might make it easier for the next time someone has to do a million of things in transition.


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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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