From:SARATOGANY@aol.com
Date:Wed, 1 May 2002 15:11:36 EDT
Subject:One teen's stand against censorship (filtering legit gay websites)

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John Myers, Director of Operations and Programs
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The Real or Perceived Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Student Protection Project

CSS-NYS Note:Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, MA was the scene of homophobic student going on a shooting rampage in 1992. Two were killed and 4 were seriously injured. http://Gay.com lists this college as the #2 gay friendly college in USA for 2000
(http://content.gay.com/channels/home/college.html Gay.com: Gay-friendly college guide ).
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From The Advocate, May 14, 2002
http://www.advocate.com/html/queeries/queeries.asp

One teen's stand against censorship

Emma Rood tells a federal court the Children's Internet Protection Act could hurt gay kids

By Jeremiah Hall
Joanna Rood knew her lesbian daughter was fiery, but she never expected her to needle the U.S. government in a lawsuit against the Children's Internet Protection Act.

The law, which went into effect April 20, 2001, forces federally funded libraries to install filtering software that blocks controversial Web pages, including many nonsexual gay and lesbian sites.

"The law is censorship," says 16-year-old Emma Rood, who is enrolled in a young scholar's program at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Mass. "There is no way I'm going to stand by and let the government prevent people from finding help and learning about being gay."

On March 26, Emma Rood spent the afternoon testifying before a Pennsylvania federal court about how the new law would have blocked her from resources she accessed at the library that have helped her with her own coming-out.

Rood's mother, Joanna, a Portland, Ore., librarian, agrees that libraries need to provide access to all the information the Web has to offer. "For many, the library is the only resource available; blocking certain sites will be devastating. Frankly, no blocking program can effectively distinguish good and bad Web sites."

The American Civil Liberties Union http://www.aclu.org/court/Courtroom_report.html is assisting the Roods together with a number of plaintiffs in the CIPA lawsuit. The court expects to issue a ruling in May.

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