Homosexuality, Internet Censorship and Silence

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

Today, schools across the country are honoring a Day of Silence which brings attention to issues of anti-LGBT harassment, (cyber)bullying, and censorship. Coincidentally, on Monday the American Library Association published their annual study of “challenged books,” works that are often challenged or banned because they contain offensive language, graphic content or references to homosexuality. Censorship of homosexual content, however is not just merely relegated to books you check out at libraries. The Internet is replete with instances of censorship of content that references homosexuality. For example, many countries in Africa and the Middle East ban access to websites that contain content with references to homosexuality. Even worse, in some countries including Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, Somalia, and Iran accessing this content is punishable by death. But censorship of homosexual content is not only a foreign issue. Here in the United States, Internet censorship of homosexual content still exists as well. In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a website dedicated to this type of censorship called “Don’t Filter Me” which addresses the issue of public schools filtering access to positive, affirming LGBT information and issues.