US personnel are still banned from accessing LGBT content from US Department of Defence computers well over a year after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
By Andrew Potts
05 January 2013
The US Department of Defense is still banning personnel from accessing LGBT websites despite the US having ended its ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military
Towleroad was banned under the webfilter category ‘Blogs/Personal Pages; LGBT’ while AMERICAblog was unaccessible from US Air Force computers for being ‘political’ and ‘activist.’
AMERICAblog asked the OutServe-SLDN association for active duty LGBT military personnel to confirm the continued banning of access to LGBT themed websites and were shocked to find that even www.Josh.Seefried.com, a website discussing LGBT military issues operated by one of OutServe’s own co-directors was banned under the LGBT filter.
However despite some LGBT websites being banned for being ‘political,’ blogs and websites for conservative commentators including talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s and author Ann Coulter were not banned by the Defense Department. Neither were anti-LGBT lobby groups such as the American Family Association.
‘What’s really offensive is that at least one of the Pentagon’s safe-surfing Internet filters has a censorship category called “LGBT” and if you’re deemed “LGBT” by the Pentagon, they ban you,’ AMERICAblog editor John Aravosis wrote after uncovering the story.