LGBT Tech is proud to be a part of introducing the Don't Block LGBTQ Act of 2017 to Congress along with Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10).
The Act seeks to ensure that important LGBTQ resources are not blocked at libraries and public schools around the United States.
When public schools and libraries in the United States take public funding, they are required to have safety filters in place to protect those accessing the Internet in the public facilities. These internet safety policies sometimes lead to the blocking of LGBTQ resources as the local district Chief Technology Officer (CTO) has the power to interpret the laws and decide what content to filter.
The Don’t Block LGBTQ Act of 2017 would clarify that schools and libraries that block LGBTQ resources are not eligible for discounted rates, and ensures that all individuals have access to the same information, no matter where they live. This bill does not prevent schools from blocking explicit content that could be harmful to minors.
"Our public schools and libraries provide a critical link to resources, education, information, and support for millions of Americans, but especially our LGBTQ youth,” said Christopher Wood, Executive Director, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute. “Regardless of their geographic location, whether in rural Alabama or urban Chicago, they deserve to have the same access to information and services online. We are proud to work with Rep. Schneider to introduce the Don’t Block LGBTQ Act of 2017 and applaud his leadership to improve access for LGBTQ Americans."
To read more about the Act, including the full text of the Bill, please visit lgbttech.org.