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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.

Landmark Hearing on DOMA Set

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:11pm
It’s official! Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a landmark congressional hearing on the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and how it harms tens of thousands of married gay and lesbian couples and their families each and every day. This will be the first congressional hearing since the law came into being in 1996 to examine the law with a critical eye.

U.N. Human Rights Council: LGBT Rights Are Human Rights

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:56pm

On Friday, the U.N.'s Human Rights Council took a critical step forward for human rights by recognizing that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people around the world struggle against violence and discrimination every day and deserve…

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,…

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),…

DADT Repeal Bills Await Congressional Action

DADT Repeal Bills Await Congressional Action

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:20pm

The Senate is about to vote on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The bill has already passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.  There is simply no excuse for further delay."

DADT Hearing Day 1– Repeal Would Advance Our Collective Honor

DADT Hearing Day 1– Repeal Would Advance Our Collective Honor

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:19pm

Earlier this afternoon, the Senate Armed Services Committee completed the first of two hearings this week on the Pentagon's just-released report on “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” (DADT). The hearing featured testimony from Defense…

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…

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…

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…

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