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SXSW Interactive 2016

LGBT Censorship in Schools & Public Libraries

Every year, advocates grapple with the continuing censorship of LGBT sites in schools and libraries. Even with non-discrimination laws, many young people are still being blocked from finding relevant LGBT content in their schools and libraries. This panel will discuss the labyrinth of vague rules and patchwork regulations relating to this area and will provide suggestions and guidelines for educators and advocates to combat unlawful censorship of LGBT content in schools and libraries. The panel will include results from #DontBlockLGBT (a campaign kicked off by LGBTTech at SXSW 2015 calling on individuals to report when LGBT supportive websites are blocked in public schools and libraries).

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  1. Where are we still finding LGBT resources blocked or not provided in US public schools and libraries?
  2. How do we create open and inclusive content environments for our youth?
  3. What policies need to change at the federal and state levels to stop censorship of important LGBT content?



Carlos Gutierrez, VP of Policy, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute

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  • Tags: libraries, lgbt, schools
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government and Policy
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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