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Ian S.
Thompson

Ian Thompson (@iantDCis a Legislative Representative in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity, Thompson works to advance the organization’s civil liberties and civil rights agenda in Congress and the executive branch by focusing on LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS and sex education. Prior to joining the ACLU in January 2006, Thompson interned in the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). A 2005 graduate of Penn State University, Thompson holds a degree in International Politics.

President Obama Joins the It Gets Better Project for LGBT Youth

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:19pm
Last Thursday, the White House released what is perhaps the most important submission to date for the It Gets Better Project. In a three-minute long video message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth — far too often the victims of unrelenting discrimination and harassment in their schools — President Obama conveys his support and encouragement to these young people. President Obama says:
DADT Ruling Represents a Legal Milestone — Legislative Triumph Awaits

DADT Ruling Represents a Legal Milestone — Legislative Triumph Awaits

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:08pm

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued a worldwide injunction banning enforcement of the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). Tuesday's order followed a September ruling…

Giving 'Em Hope: The It Gets Better Project

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:10pm

September was a hard month for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, especially for some of its youngest and most vulnerable members.

In Greensburg, Indiana, 15-year-old Billy Lucas was found by his mother in the family's…

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — Down, But Not Out

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:20am

If you’ve been following the news lately, you know that the discriminatory and counterproductive “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy has suffered some pretty serious blows. On Friday, a federal court in Washington…

Being Gay in the Military is a "Private Hell" Under DADT

Being Gay in the Military is a "Private Hell" Under DADT

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:30pm

The New York Times' "At War" blog on Monday released the stories of seven current and former service members and their experiences in the military under the discriminatory and counterproductive "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT)…

New Report Highlights Challenges Facing LGBT Students

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:33pm

Earlier this week, our colleagues at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) released the 2009 National School Climate Survey, which documents the experiences of more than 7,000 LGBT middle and high school students across the country.

While…

Maj. Margaret Witt (and Lady Gaga) vs. DADT

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:05pm

Today marks the start of the trial in a landmark case challenging the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). The case was brought by Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated U.S. Air Force…

DADT Dealt a Serious Blow by the Courts – Congress, You're Up.

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:18pm

On Thursday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) violates the constitutional rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers.…

Does Focus on the Family Speak for Your Family?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:46pm

As children all across America head back to school, far too many will face yet another year of discrimination and harassment based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Every student deserves the opportunity to attend school and…

DADT's Other Victims: Military Spouses and Families

DADT's Other Victims: Military Spouses and Families

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:40am

Late last week, the Pentagon sent a 44-question survey to roughly 150,000 military spouses as part of the ongoing review of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," (DADT) and what impact repeal will have on such factors as military readiness and retention.

The…

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