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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.

ACLU to Speak at Briefing on Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:54pm
On Thursday, the ACLU, as well as partner organizations, will speak at a congressional briefing hosted by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) on the subject of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace and the steps that can be taken to prevent such discrimination.

Does the Obama Administration Support SNDA?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:53pm

During the White House Conference on Safe Schools and Communities held at the University of Texas at Arlington on Tuesday, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett both walked up to the line of an endorsement for the Student…

President Obama: The Time Has Come for a Federal Contractors Non-Discrimination Executive Order

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:01am

In a Metro Weekly exclusive published on Thursday afternoon, Chris Geidner writes that President Obama, as a candidate for the office in 2008, specifically endorsed an executive order to ensure that federal contractors do not discriminate against…

Washington Post Urges Obama to Issue Non-Discrimination Executive Order

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:34pm

In Tuesday’s Washington Post, the newspaper editorializes in support of a proposed executive order that President Obama could sign to ensure that federal contractors receiving federal tax dollars do not discriminate against applicants and…

Victim of Brutal LGBT Bullying in Ohio School Tells His Story

Victim of Brutal LGBT Bullying in Ohio School Tells His Story

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:53pm

The ACLU of Ohio is representing both Zach and his mother, and is working with his high school to ensure that something like this never happens again.

 

New HUD Rule Delivers for LGBT Americans

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:46pm

Last year, we told you about a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding equal access to HUD housing programs regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the key requirements of the…

On National GSA Day, Tell Congress to Stand Up for LGBT Students

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

Today is National Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Day, a day to “strengthen the bond between LGBT people and straight allies” by recognizing the critical role that GSAs play in schools nationwide. GSAs are student-run extracurricular clubs…

Teach Respect, Demand Non-Discrimination

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:24am

On Wednesday, a new international effort to combat racism and intolerance in schools was launched at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the full backing of the U.S. government.…

Important New Report on Anti-LGBT Bias in Grades K-6

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:19am

On Wednesday, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) released a new report on anti-LGBT bias, homophobia and gender nonconformity in elementary schools across the country. The report, Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School…

Senator Franken Releases New "Making It Better" Video

Senator Franken Releases New "Making It Better" Video

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:50pm

Sen. Al Franken's new video supports passage of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBT students from discrimination and harassment in public schools.

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