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ACLU Writes to UNESCO on Homophobia in U.S. Schools

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:27pm
Late last week, the ACLU wrote to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the problem of homophobic discrimination and harassment in U.S. public schools. In addition, we offered a model federal legislative solution that would address this problem — the Student Non-Discrimination Act (S. 555/H.R. 998).

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…

Hey NFL: Where Are the "It Gets Better" Videos?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:42pm

Like football fans around the country, I'm anxiously awaiting the official start of the 2011 NFL season and another exciting Super Bowl run for my favorite team — Here We Go Steelers!

In addition to the start of a new football season,…

U.S. Senators to LGBT Youth: "It Gets Better"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:24pm

On Wednesday morning, 13 members of the U.S. Senate delivered a video message of hope and encouragement to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people across the country as part of the It Gets Better Project. Just as importantly,…

Protecting LGBT Students Is a No-Brainer

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 3:09pm

With so much recent news coverage on suicides of LGBT youth, those of us who work on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender safe schools issues have a lot on our plate. We're trying to figure out how best to respond to the needs of LGBT youth,…

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…

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