What Knox County Schools' Software Is Blocking—Or Not

Depending on which categories are selected, software filters by ENA block any sites that contain positive LGBT information—but do not block sites with the same key words that promote anti-LGBT viewpoints. According to ENA’s message screen, KCS elected to block these categories:

“Alternative Sexuality/Lifestyles: Sites that provide information, promote, or cater to alternative sexual expressions in their myriad forms. Includes but is not limited to the full range of non-traditional sexual practices, interests, orientations or fetishes.

“LGBT: Sites that provide information regarding, support, promote, or cater to one’s sexual orientation or gender identity including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual (sic), and transgender sites.”

Some of What Gets Blocked

Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): “We... celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.”

Sample Headlines: Easter Bunnies, High Fives and Hugs ... Making Schools Safer in Colorado ... Moving Marriage Equality Forward in Vermont

Human Rights Commission: “Works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights by lobbying the federal government, educating the public, participating in election campaigns...”

Sample Headline: Human Rights Campaign Applauds New York Governor for Introducing Marriage Bill

Some of What’s Allowed

People Can Change: “Men who have overcome unwanted same sex attraction supporting others who seek similar change.”

Sample Text:“... the longing for male love was, for us at least, really a deep, unmet need from childhood and youth... What we really needed was to fulfill – rather than suppress – the underlying, core need: a need not for sex or romance with men but for brotherly love.”

Traditional Values Coalition: “Empowering People of Faith Through Knowledge”

Sample Headlines:“Homosexual Urban Legends... the Series” ... UPDATED Exposed: The Myth That “10% Are Homosexual” ... Exposed: The “Born Gay” Legend ... Exposed: 30% Of Teen Suicide Victims Are Homosexuals... NOT!!

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