S. Leigh Thompson

Drop the I-Word Online Community Organizer and Campaigner
Brooklyn, NY

S. Leigh Thompson is a social justice artist, community organizer and self-described "raging queer." Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Leigh first organized to fight the Nebraska's Defense of Marriage Amendment, and has continued to work and organize within queer and trans communities ever since. Over the years, he has worked for several local and national queer rights organizations, and currently serves as the Online Community Organizer for the Drop the I-Word Campaign. Leigh has worked with many different communities on a variety of issues, and is dedicated to engaging communities in anti-oppressive dialogues on power and privilege, and to developing tools to take action towards social justice.  

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Leigh tweets at @sleighthompson.

Book Club Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns, Week 3

by S. Leigh Thompson on Feb 22, 2012 10:02AM

Join the discussion for Drop the I-Word book club's third week of reading The Warmth of Other Suns. Read the questions and comment on Facebook.

New York Times Offers Apology for Playing Games With People's Lives

by S. Leigh Thompson on Feb 21, 2012 9:02AM

Drop the I-Word advocates take action and NYT crossword editor apologizes, but we need to do more to hold media accountable for its depictions of immigrants.

Book Club Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns, Week 2

by S. Leigh Thompson on Feb 15, 2012 10:02AM

Join the discussion for Drop the I-Word book club's second week of reading The Warmth of Other Suns. Read the questions and comment on Facebook.

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: Our Book Club Readers

by S. Leigh Thompson on Feb 10, 2012 12:02PM

This week we recognize those who are participating in the Drop the I-Word book club. See what readers are saying in our first discussion week.

Book Club Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns, Week 1

by S. Leigh Thompson on Feb 8, 2012 9:02AM

Join the discussion for Drop the I-Word book club's first week of reading The Warmth of Other Suns. Read the questions and comment on Facebook.

Read Warmth of Other Suns with Drop the I-Word: Here's How!

by S. Leigh Thompson on Feb 1, 2012 10:02AM

Learn how to join Drop the I-Word and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration as we read and discuss The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson during Black History Month.

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: No Name-Calling Week

by S. Leigh Thompson on Jan 27, 2012 1:01PM

Today is the last day of GLSEN's ninth annual No Name-Calling Week, a week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

Celebrate Black History Month: Read The Warmth of Other Suns

by S. Leigh Thompson on Jan 26, 2012 12:01PM

For Black History Month read The Warmth of Other Suns with Drop the I-Word and BAJI. Learn how to participate in the conversation!

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: United 4 the Dream (again!)

by S. Leigh Thompson on Jan 6, 2012 9:01AM

Youth organizers of United 4 the Dream continue to move and inspire us with their advocacy to drop the i-word. We compiled some of our favorite photos to show you why.

UPDATE: How Immigrants Forced Media to Treat Them Like Humans in 2011

by S. Leigh Thompson on Dec 28, 2011 9:12AM

This year we gained valuable allies in our fight to add humane language into the discourse on immigration. But there's much more to come in 2012.