Pentagon: Hate Sites are fine, Gay ones not so much

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If you work at the Pentagon, you are more than welcome to peruse the insane ramblings of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or the American Family Association. You may not, however, surf pro-LGBT news blogs like  Good as You, BilericoTowleroad and AMERICAblog.

John Aravosis over at AmericaBlog points out that despite the lift on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” at least one of the Pentagon’s safe-surfing Internet filters continues to contain a censorship category called “LGBT.”

“Our site, AMERICAblog, was previously banned for being “LGBT,” but now we’re only banned at least by the Air Force, for being “political” and “activist.”  The Air Force is banning my Web site for being “political” while permitting other Republican “political” Web sites.  Daily Kos is banned as well.  Anyone else smelling a Big Brother constitutional problem with that?”, writes Aravosis.

The ban doesn’t end there.

RT.com reports,”Outserve.org, the website for an organization with 4,000 members and deemed “one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world,” is also inaccessible through the Pentagon.”

Outserve describes itself as working to support “a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.” Aravosis adds that Outserve has also been an active opponent of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, the ban on openly serving that has only recently been lifted. According to AmericaBlog, the communications director for OutServe-SLDN confirmed through one of their military members that their site is indeed blocked by the Pentagon,” reports the website.

“It’s hard to know if the sleight is arbitrary and capricious, or simply someone at the Pentagon being terribly bad at their job, but the fact remains that the “LGBT” Internet ban has existed since the days of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the Pentagon was informed of this problem this past summer and has chosen to do nothing about it,” writes  Aravosis.

The military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, was repealed by the federal government in 2011.

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