Several House Democrats have put forward legislation that would ban schools and libraries from banning Internet access to LGBT material, which is sometimes blocked by filters aimed at keeping out obscene content.
The "Don't Block LGBTQ Act," from Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., is meant to ensure that young LGBT people are able to access material that might help them.
"We have seen how filters can block students and adults from useful resources," Honda told the Bay Area Reporter. "Whether a gay man is learning how to come out or a transgender woman is finding trans-specific health care, the publicly funded Internet access should remain open to everyone in the LGBTQ community."
Under current law, public schools and libraries that receive Internet subsidies are required to block out obscene material. But Honda's office said too often, schools and libraries end up blocking "useful LGBT resources that are not sexually explicit in any way."
Under his bill, the Federal Communications Commission would have to protect these "useful" LGBT resources.
Honda's bill text has not been introduced, but a brief description of it in the Federal Register said it would "prohibit schools and libraries that receive universal service support from blocking Internet access to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer resources."