The ACLU of Georgia, in conjunction with the ACLU National "Don't Filter Me" project, is working to remove school system web filtering software that blocks access to educational LGBT websites, such as the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Netowrk, and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Separate from filters that block access to adult content and sexually explicit material, the web filters in place restrict students from engaging in research and open communication about sexual orientation issues. Filters such as these are an abuse of students' First Amendment rights. Further, the selective blocking of LGBT web content is a violation of the Equal Access Act, federal legislation that requires equal access to school resources for all extracurricular organizations. The ACLU of Georgia has made open records requests to four counties asking for all records relating to LGBT web filtered content. We are in negotiation with one county to remove the unconstitutional blocks used by the current filter system. Litigation is in development to challenge the unconstitutional web filters in other counties.
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