Don't Block LGBTQ Act of 2020

 

The Act was introduced on June 30, 2020

In 2014, LGBT Tech led the charge with Rep. Mike Honda, LGBTQ Centers, National LGBTQ Organizations and 17 members of Congress to send a letter to the Federal Communications Commission ensuring that our public schools and libraries provide EQUAL online access to resources for ALL students, especially LGBTQ individuals.

In 2016, Rep. Mike Honda introduced the first Don't Block LGBTQ Act of 2016 and LGBT Tech was proud to be joined by over 50 incredible organizations to sign on in support of the bill.

In 2017, Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced the Don't Block LGBTQ Act of 2017 and LGBT Tech was proud to have over 25 amazing organizations sign on in support of the second introduction of the bill.

 

On June 30, 2020, Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10), several members of Congress, LGBT Tech and 61 LGBTQ organizations introduced the Don't Block LGBTQ Act of 2020. Read the press release here.

Why is the Don't Block LGBTQ Act important?

The Don't Block LGBT Act of 2020 specifically ensures that when public schools and libraries in the United States take public funding (Universal Service Funds - USF), they are required to have safety filters in place to protect those accessing the Internet in the public facilities. As it stands, the laws outlining how filters are set in public schools and libraries give the local district Chief Technology Officer (CTO) the power to interpret the laws of what content to filter. This gives the local district CTO the ability to block useful (and potentially life-saving) LGBTQIA+ resources that are not sexually explicit in any way based on personal opinion and/or biases-- sites like The Trevor Project and PFLAG.

 

The Don't Block LGBTQ Act amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit elementary schools, secondary schools, or libraries that receive discount rates for telecommunications services under the universal service support program from blocking Internet access to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer resources. The bill does not prohibit schools or libraries from blocking content that is obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.

Don't Block LGBTQ Act of 2020 Signers:

LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute

360 Youth Services
Affirmations LGBTQ Community Center
Artists Designing Evolution (adé PROJECT)
Athlete Ally
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Brave Space Alliance
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
CAMP Rehoboth
Center on Halsted
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Ct TransAdvocacy Coalition
Equality California
Equality North Carolina
EveryLibrary
Family Equality
FORGE, Inc.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Hudson Pride Center
Human Rights Campaign
Inside Out Youth Services
LGBT Center of Raleigh
LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin
LGBT Life Center
The LGBTQ Center
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Louisville Youth Group Inc.
Modern Military Association of America
the Montrose Center
MoPride
Movement Advancement Project
NASTAD
National Black Justice Coalition
National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Equality Action Team (NEAT)
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center
OutCenter of Southwest Michigan
OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center
The Pennsylvania Youth Congress
Persad Center
PFLAG National
Pgh Equality Center
PowerOn, a program of LGBT Technology Institute
The Pride Center at Community Park
Pride Community Services Organization
Rainbow Center
ROOTS
Ruth Ellis Center, Inc.
SAGE
Seacoast Outright (Portsmouth, NH)
Silver State Equality-Nevada
SMYAL
Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN)
The Spahr Center
The Trevor Project
Triangle Community Center
True Colors, Inc.
Waves Ahead & SAGE PR
Youth Outlook
Youth OUTright

Don't Block LGBT Act of 2017

Don't Block LGBT Act 2016

9/2014 Letter to FCC