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Don't Filter Me

posted Feb 16, 2011, 2:50 PM by Michael Chanak   [ updated Feb 17, 2011, 12:38 PM by Unknown user ]


Don't Filter Me!

A student from Virginia emailed this image to the ACLU a few months ago:


He saw the image when he tried to visit the website for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) from a computer at his school. The stop sign was bad enough it, but it was also paired with a veiled threat, implied by the school’s  ominous warning, “Your Internet usage is monitored and logged.” 

Some schools have configured their web-filtering software to illegally censor LGBT-related websites such as the GSA Network and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. At the same time that they block access to websites for positive LGBT rights organizations, those schools still allow access to anti-LGBT sites that condemn LGBT people or urge us to try to change our sexual orientation. This is called viewpoint discrimination, and it’s illegal. 

The ACLU has teamed up with Yale Law School to launch a campaign called “Don’t Filter Me” to assess censorship of web content in public high schools. The campaign asks students to check to see if web content geared toward the LGBT communities is blocked by their schools’ web browsers. Students can report instances of censorship to the ACLU LGBT Project.
Students who want to report unconstitutional web filtering at their schools can fill out a form at http://action.aclu.org/dontfilterme. More information on the ACLU’s work on LGBT school issues can be found here: http://www.aclu.org/safeschools.
Video from this story and more information can be found at the ACLU web site, here: http://www.aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/dont-filter-me/
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