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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 21:27

Schools Censure LGBT Websites

Written by  E-Li

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American schools are used to censure the web and in particular LGBT sites of support. ACLU has decided to stop this with the campaign "Don't Filter Me".

Brandon Bleau, from John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan, said: “I’m the vice president of the gay-straight alliance club at my school, but when I tried to go to to get ideas for club activities, I found it’s blocked for being ‘gay or lesbian or bisexual interest.

“None of the other clubs I know of at school have these kinds of roadblocks thrown in their way when they’re trying to plan meaningful things for their clubs to do.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently sent letters to schools of Texas, Virginia, Michigan and Pennsylvania asking them to cease this censure.

The students are invited to check sites and report them if the are blocked to the ACLU.

“There is no legitimate reason why any public school should be using an anti-LGBT filter,” said Joshua Block, staff attorney at the ACLU.

“This is not a case where overbroad filters are accidentally filtering out LGBT websites. These filters are designed to discriminate and are programmed specifically to target LGBT-related content that would not otherwise be blocked as sexually explicit or inappropriate.”

And this campaign works, in the New Jersey, a school decided to withdraw the anti-LGBT filter and that was the case also in the North Kansas City School District and the Rochester Community School District has launch an examination of its procedures of filtering.

If yourself you are student and you would like to report anti-LGBT filters, just follow the process and complete the form at: Don't Filter Me


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