Reject SB1125, protect LGBTQ+ online freedoms and expression
  1. United States
  2. Ariz.
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Reject SB1125, protect LGBTQ+ online freedoms and expression

To: Rep. Mathis, Rep. Gutierrez

From: A verified voter in Tucson, AZ

July 5

This proposed legislation SB1125 raises concerns over digital censorship and the restriction of online spaces and content for LGBTQ+ individuals. Age verification requirements, such as showing identification to access social media accounts, could disproportionately impact queer communities by limiting their ability to connect, share information, and express themselves freely online. This infringes on rights to freedom of expression and association. Furthermore, these measures often stem from a false narrative of protecting minors, when the reality is that they deny access to valuable resources and support systems for LGBTQ+ youth. Rather than censorship, we should prioritize comprehensive digital literacy education to empower young people to navigate online spaces safely and responsibly. I urge you to reject this bill SB1125 and any efforts to impose age verification or other barriers that enable digital censorship. Instead, work towards policies that protect online freedoms, promote digital inclusion, and create a more equitable internet for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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