A new petition on Change.org is targeting New York City’s Department of Education for blocking gay LGBT websites. Many websites are allegedly blocked from schools’ computers simply for containing LGBT. The student cites that the Wikipedia page for “LGBT Rights in Egypt” is blocked by the school.
From the Change.org petition:
The official DOE “Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP)” states that it protects minors from content including “pornography, obscene material, and other material that may be harmful to minors. The Department may also block or filter other content deemed to be inappropriate, lacking educational or work-related content or that pose a threat to the network.” Information about LGBTQ+ rights, people, or culture is in no way obscene or dangerous for minors. By definition, to be LGBTQ+ is not to be obscene – it is to love someone or identify as someone. Therefore, this content blockage is a gross violation of students’ rights to information and an example of the bigotry that fuels the anti-LGBTQ+ rights movement. LGBTQ+ rights are human rights.
We have already collected 200+ signatures during our school’s Global Conflict Awareness Day, but we’d like to expand the petition. We’ll be sending the signature count to the NYC DOE, Schools Chancellor Farina, and the Federal Communications Commission to make this change.