Friday, May 22, 2009

ACLU Sues Tennessee Schools for Censoring LGBT Web Sites

Yes! This is excellent. Tennessee school districts should have been sued a long time ago for all round institutional heterosexism or homophobia. Many teachers and school staff desperately need the education provided by the banned gay sites. I know that because my children spent some time in these schools, and we had to raise a little hell from time to time.

One of the most disturbing experiences was my kids' discovery of the oppressive institutional bias that led to the most ignorant and offensive of school sponsored programs such as diversity workshops that confined the entire discussion to racial diversity! Never mind gender. And never mind sexual orientation. One idea being that if teachers pretend that gay and lesbian students don't exist, maybe they'll just go away. Some do. Some commit suicide.

NPR: The suit alleges that the filtering software used by the districts blocks access to Web sites specializing in LGBT policy issues, including the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and Human Rights Campaign. In contrast, the suit notes, students are able to access Web sites that condemn homosexuality or advocate "reparative therapy" programs that attempt to change a person's sexual orientation. . .