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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.

A Back-to-School Wish for LGBT Students

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:04pm
As young people across the country begin to prepare to head back to school with trips to the store for new supplies and clothes, it is a good time to pause and reflect on the discrimination and harassment that continues to be endured by those students who are, or are thought to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). For far too many, the dawning of a new school year brings with it the return of discrimination, harassment and physical abuse from fellow students and even school officials. Others are left to wonder what will happen when someone finds out who they are.

Mission-Critical Troops vs. Irrational Discrimination

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:52pm

New data released Monday morning by the Palm Center provided further evidence of the continuing harm that is being done to our armed forces as a result of the counterproductive and discriminatory policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"…

Torture Memos Author and the Freedom to Marry

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:57am

You might think that a man who achieved infamy as one of the authors of Justice Department legal memos authorizing torture, thereby undermining the rule of law, would be happy to retreat to a life of quiet obscurity — hey, at least it isn't…

President Obama — Now is the Time to Lead on Marriage Fairness

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:08am

Wednesday's landmark decision by U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker striking down California's Proposition 8 as an unconstitutional violation of the rights of gay and lesbian couples provided President Obama and his administration with the perfect…

Thanks Bill O’Reilly, From Your Friends at the ACLU

Thanks Bill O’Reilly, From Your Friends at the ACLU

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:05pm

We were pleasantly surprised – indeed, delighted – to have seen that none other than Bill O'Reilly came out in support of ending the counterproductive and discriminatory policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

The Final Push – Imminent House Vote to Reform Broken Crack Sentencing Law

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:13pm

Advocates who have been working for years to reform one of the most dysfunctional aspects of our criminal justice system – the infamous and discriminatory 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and the powder form of the drug –…

The Continuing Need to Protect LGBT Students Across the Country

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:23am

As you may already know, yesterday we announced the settlement of Constance McMillen’s lawsuit against her Mississippi high school for canceling the prom rather than allowing her attend with her girlfriend as her date and wear a tuxedo. 

While…

Army Comic Book Highlights the Absurdity of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:09pm

Earlier this week, the online collection Comics with Problems released the ironically titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy." The colorful, wordy comic from 2001 was published by the Army to educate…

New National AIDS Strategy Will Address Discrimination Against Those Living with HIV/AIDS

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:04pm

The Obama administration will unveil a first of its kind national AIDS strategy on Tuesday, which took 15 months of work to complete. In a preview in Monday’s New York Times(which has obtained an advance copy of the national strategy), the administration…

Ms. McMillen Goes to Washington!

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

It was quite the day in Washington, D.C., yesterday for ACLU client Constance McMillen. Constance made headlines this spring when her Mississippi high school took the extraordinary step of canceling the school prom rather than allow her to go with…

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