The ACLU has sent a letter to Prince William County Schools in response to the district blocking LGBT-related websites from the education system’s networks.
The filtering system, called Blue Coat allows anti-gay sites through, but not positive or informative ones. More from the Washington Post:
The ACLU recognizes the need to screen out the heavy-duty adult stuff, their Virginia executive director Kent Willis said Tuesday. “But if you’re going to allow the Key Club and many other organizations to access the Internet, then you have to allow the gay and lesbian clubs to do so too.”
The ACLU’s letter to Prince William says their system blocks out sites such as the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Day of Silence and It Gets Better, which provide support and resources for homosexual students. But it allows access to sites such as People Can Change, Exodus International and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, which all advocate for changing from gay to straight.
The ACLU posted this video.
The district is currently looking into the ACLU’s letter.
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