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Pentagon Blocks Towleroad, Websites Designated as 'LGBT'

John Aravosis at Americablog reports that Towleroad is among the websites blocked by the U.S. Department of Defense:

PentagonBut what's really offensive is that the Pentagon has a censorship category called "LGBT."  And if you’re deemed "LGBT" by the Pentagon, they ban you.

I wonder if the Pentagon has a censorship category titled "Jewish," "African-American," or "Latino."

The LGBT filter existed before the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but still has not been fixed.  And the Pentagon was notified of the problem as early as last summer, 2012.  Yet no one's gotten around to doing anything about it. I'm also told that the censorship varies service and geographical reason – it's not entirely clear why the Pentagon doesn't use the same bans nationwide and agency-wide, if it's going to use any bans at all. This problem has to be fixed Pentagon-wide.

Apparently Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh are okay, however, despite the hate they spew.

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  1. Are you seriously saying that Towleroad's commenters spew less hate than Coulter and Limbaugh? That's unpossible!

    Posted by: AG | Jan 3, 2013 9:25:50 PM

  2. Banning Towleroad? Ok, I've never had a beef with the Pentagon before, but now.......

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 3, 2013 9:32:11 PM

  3. Pssst! Don't tell Andrew Belonsky that everything is still not well in his Obama Lollipopland. You know how sensitive he is.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 3, 2013 9:48:06 PM

  4. won't last.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 3, 2013 9:48:08 PM

  5. The funny thing is that Towleroad is filtered out at my work, but the reason is "religion". Go figure.

    Posted by: Patrick and Chuck | Jan 3, 2013 9:53:10 PM

  6. Making the law/policy and enforcing it are two different things. In California, there are still counties that do not have standard boilerplate language in their vendor agreements concerning protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation even though the law came into effect in January 2000.

    Inaction in enforcing anti-discrimination laws and in enforcing the repeal of don't ask/don't tell and unreasonable censorship of is something that Lambda-type organizations should be pursuing. There's no glamour is this kind of legal work since it involves a lot of "nagging", but it is a worthwhile cause.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 3, 2013 9:55:08 PM

  7. Now that it's been made public, expect this to change quickly. It does highlight, though, that there are still issues within the military post-DADT and we haven't achieved full victory yet.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 3, 2013 10:12:05 PM

  8. Uh. Where on earth did that Photoshop come from? I'm pretty sure there aren't four Pentagons. There's only one.

    Posted by: Rich | Jan 3, 2013 10:15:48 PM

  9. About that graphic, last time I checked, there was only one Pentagon, not three or four. Is Apple Maps playing tricks again?

    Posted by: F Young | Jan 3, 2013 10:17:30 PM

  10. Well, the fact is that President Obama yesterday signed a piece of legislation which allows the Pentagon to ban web sites on the basis of religious or moral objection. Towleroad can now be legitimately banned by the Pentagon on the basis that it offends morality or religious belief. Thank Obama for it.

    It must be disappointing to all who supported Obama that it's come to this.

    Posted by: steven lucas | Jan 3, 2013 10:40:10 PM

  11. If they can filter LGBT web sites - I will just filter out the defense portion of my tax bill since the defense dept probably won't be rushing to protect me and my rainbow flag :)

    Posted by: ameoba | Jan 3, 2013 10:41:53 PM

  12. Is this just supposed to be the Pentagon itself or DoD wide, because I can access towleroad just fine from my office computer in the Army?

    Posted by: Jefrey | Jan 3, 2013 10:43:02 PM

  13. Looks like it's time to update those squid servers.

    Posted by: G | Jan 3, 2013 10:53:46 PM

  14. I've noticed that both GLAAD and HRC have been rather slack in terms of pushing for federal reform in anti-discrimination legislation, namely ENDA. Will these organisations please lift their game?

    Posted by: steven lucas | Jan 3, 2013 11:14:12 PM

  15. My employer does not block anything, but I know customers I work with who have heavy filtering (including blocking social media sites like Facebook and Youtube). I noticed that the Ottawa airport blocked JoeMyGod last year, but NOT Towleroad!

    Posted by: Jim E | Jan 4, 2013 12:02:24 AM

  16. AG : As scuzzy as Coulter and Limbaugh can be, I doubt they've ever made the contact info. of falsely-accused people available so gay men can threaten them with death and mutilation. So....yeah, re. Towleroad. NOT nice people here...

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 4, 2013 12:47:36 AM

  17. My guess is they are trying to ban all the porn sites, and have lumped any non-sexual GLBT site in with them in an unsophisticated attempt at keeping things clean. But why should Pentagon employees be looking at Towleroad at their jobs anyway? Shouldn't they... I dunno... Be working?

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jan 4, 2013 1:35:21 AM

  18. I used to work for the DoD and the problem is, they don't want it known on how many hits the website would get from Pentagon employees. They think if the information goes public, it will have an adverse effect on Pentagon!

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 4, 2013 2:03:24 AM

  19. When I try and view my blog from work acess is denied by there 'net nanny' because of 'adult content'. That reality is planetransgender is blocked because they think transsexulism is pornography. Have a nice day.

    Posted by: Kelli Busey | Jan 4, 2013 4:53:28 AM

  20. Is it possible that its not the written content but perhaps the tantalizing sidebars with "hotties of the day" and saucy ads with men in speedos etc that might incite the filter? Just saying.

    Posted by: Dimitri | Jan 4, 2013 8:50:00 AM

  21. So people are complaining that a company/organization can decide what their computers meant for work only use can view? And I'm supposed to find this shocking? It would only be an outrage if the Pentagon said that employees were banned from viewing LGBT sites at any time, from any device. Stipulating what websites a work computer can and can't access is pretty standard. I mean sorry Towleroad won't get those extra hits to justify the cost of ad space...

    Posted by: Donald | Jan 4, 2013 9:29:49 AM

  22. Funny how Conservatives believe the 2nd Amendment is sacred and cannot be interpreted but yet the 1st Amendment is subject to anyone's personal interpretation. This is a discriminatory violation of the First Amendment by simply 'lumping' LGBT subject matter into 'pornography'.

    Posted by: Jim Brown | Jan 4, 2013 9:38:58 AM

  23. Can still view towleroad from DOD computers in Germany as of 04 January 2013 so I think it must be just the pentagon that bans the sites. Even so, that's a shame.

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 4, 2013 1:54:45 PM

  24. My question is why are DoD employees reading blogs at work?

    Posted by: mikenola | Jan 5, 2013 2:49:23 PM

  25. Have some of you never heard of the lunch hour?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 6, 2013 9:38:28 AM

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