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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 Participates in First-Ever Federal Summit on LGBT Youth

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:08pm
This Monday marks an historic first for the federal government. The Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Justice are hosting a two-day federal summit to focus specifically on the unique needs and challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. This is the first-ever federal summit to focus specifically on LGBT youth. In announcing the summit, the Department of Education wrote:
President Obama Proclaims LGBT Pride Month

President Obama Proclaims LGBT Pride Month

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:36pm

President Bill Clinton first declared June as Gay and Lesbian Pride month in 2000, and President Barack Obama recently expanded the observance by designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. During June, we celebrate…

Interactive NYT Feature Allows LGBT Teens to Share Their Stories

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:01pm

In an effort to better understand the current generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenagers, the New York Times has launched an interactive feature that allows these young people to speak in their own voices entitled "Coming…

If They Could Turn Back Time – on DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:59pm

Late on Wednesday evening, the House Armed Services Committee adopted a series of harmful amendments designed to delay, derail and turn back the clock on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal implementation. The amendments were added…

Labor Department Delivers for Trans Federal Employees

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:30am

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took an important step forward for its transgender employees by adding gender identity to the department's internal equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies. The Labor Department will now explicitly…

"Defend" Marriage by Respecting Marriages

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:31pm

This morning, the majority on the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee convened a hearing entitled “Defending Marriage.” The hearing was little more than an opportunity for Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) supporters…

Attacking the Freedom to Marry in D.C.

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:54pm

In a story first reported in The Hill on Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Chairman of the conservative 175-member House Republican Study Committee (RSC), said that the RSC planned to push for a vote in the current Congress to ban gay and lesbian…

Stamping Out LGBT Discrimination in Housing

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:08pm

Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed rule regarding equal access to HUD housing programs regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the aims of the rule is a prohibition on inquires…

DADT – The High Cost of Senseless Discrimination

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:25pm

On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the impact of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy in terms of lost personnel and cost to the government from 2004-09. The report…

Birth Control: Who Decides? The Bishops or You?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:09am

Yesterday I spoke before the Committee on Prevention Services for Women at the Institute of Medicine on the critical importance of covering birth control as a preventive service in health care. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),…

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