Anti-LGBT Web Filtering
Federal law requires public schools to use software to block pornographic websites, but schools often use that software to block sites that provide positive, useful information about LGBT issues, even though the websites aren’t sexually explicit in any way. When schools block pro-LGBT sites but still allow access to hate sites that condemn LGBT people or urge them to try to “pray away the gay,” it’s viewpoint discrimination and it violates students’ rights under the First Amendment.
If you're blocked from visiting pro-LGBT websites at school, especially if you can still visit anti-LGBT sites:
Or call (212) 549-2673. For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.
If you've been discriminated against based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status, the ACLU wants to hear about it.
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- Blog Post - Speak FreelyApril 16, 2010
- OtherMay 2, 2011
- News/Press ReleaseMay 11, 2011
Web Filter Company Updates Software in Response to ACLU Complaints about Illegal Censorship of LGBT Content at Public SchoolsNews/Press ReleaseMay 18, 2011
- CaseApril 6, 2012
ACLU "Don't Filter Me" Initiative Finds Schools In Four More States Unconstitutionally Censoring LGBT WebsitesNews/Press ReleaseApril 11, 2011