December 24, 2013 at 9:00 am EDT | by Staff reports
Internet provider blocks sexual health material
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A British ISP is offering parents the option of removing access to LGBT and sexual health websites from its service.

LONDON — A British Internet service provider offers parents the option of removing access to LGBT and sexual health websites as part of its parental filtering package, Gay Star News reports.

Among the 17 categories of material that parents may choose to block when using provider BT are pornography, gambling, drugs and sex education, the report said.

Parents who opt to block material in this category will “block sites where the main purpose is to provide information on subjects such as respect for a partner, abortion, gay and lesbian lifestyle, contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy,” the article said.

Some LGBT activists in the UK expressed dismay saying young LGBT people in homophobic households need such information.

BT execs said in a statement to Gay Star News the matter was “an accidental mis-description.”

“Some parents of very young children may wish to block sex education material,” they said in a statement. “One of our optional filters does just that. It does not discriminate between heterosexual and LGBT content.”

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