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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.

Sen. McCain, Enough with Stonewalling the DADT Repeal

Sen. McCain, Enough with Stonewalling the DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:20pm
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pre-emptively attacked an as-yet-to-be-released Pentagon study exploring the views and attitudes of active-duty and reserve service members, as well as military families, on a possible repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). The report is also supposed to explore how best to implement a repeal of the discriminatory and unconstitutional policy.

DADT Repeal – The Clock is Ticking

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:56am

Over the weekend, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told the Associated Press that he would like to see Congress act to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during the upcoming lame duck session, but that "I'm not sure what the prospects…

Gay? Fine by Me…Say Service Members

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:40pm

According to findings first reported by NBC News late last week, a majority of active-duty and reserve service members, both men and women, have no objection to serving and living alongside gay and lesbian troops. The findings, which come from…

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…

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…

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