Department of Defense still bans LGBT news sites and blogs

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By Alessio Tummolillo

AMERICAblog has reported that the Pentagon has banned a number of websites relating to gay news and gay anti-bullying and suicide prevention from being accessed from any Department of Defense (DOD) computer. 

When attempting to open websites such as Towleroad, Good as You, Josh Seefried (1st Lieutenant, Air Force and Co-director of OutServe) and Bilerico, DOD associates are met with an “ACCESS DENIED” message. These sites are labeled as “Blogs/Personal Pages” and “LGBT,” specified as two of the flags raised by the filters in the decision to deny this page.

However, many conservative and notably anti-LGBT sites and “blogs” such as RedState, which clearly indicates on its webpage that it is the “leading conservative news blog for right of center online activists,” have not been banned.

While the filters were set up before the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the Pentagon was allegedly notified of the filtering problem in the summer of 2012, yet no action has been taken to address the issue.  

Rather than being a nationwide department-wide censorship, it seems that the bans differ depending on the computer’s geographical location and the military branch that uses it.

On US Air Force computers, AMERICAblog was at one point banned for being “LGBT,” but is now censored with filters that are labelled “political” and “activist,” while these same restrictions have not been enforced on conservative political and activist websites such as those belonging to conservatives Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. 

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