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Andy Thayer
Andy Thayer is a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, a multi-issue LGBTQ direct action organization based in Chicago. He can be reached at

Entries by Andy Thayer

Dems Get the Drubbing They Deserve

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 4:59 PM

A tweet I received last night about the Illinois's gubernatorial race nicely summed up the reasons behind the Democratic debacle: "Maybe you shouldn't cut working class people's pensions and then expect them to vote for you."

With soon-to-be-former-Governor Quinn attacking tens of thousands of working and retired Illinoisans with a...

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Not Another U.S. Bombing!

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:36 AM

As more than a few anti-war voices have pointed out, U.S. government insanity is defined as repeating the same mistake over and over again while hoping for a different outcome each time.

President Obama appears set to start bombing Iraq -- again -- within hours of this...

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Traitor and a Coward? That Would Be John Kerry

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:01 AM

John Kerry said recently that Edward Snowden -- who gave up his career, access to his friends and family, and a comfortable life in Hawaii to tell the truth about the illegal, secretive activities of the Obama administration -- is "a coward and a traitor."

But it is Kerry who...

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There Is Still Some Honor in This Country

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Last week, the people who make this country's highest award for journalism brought honor to their profession by celebrating the courageous Guardian and Washington Post journalists who shared the evidence of government criminality exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In awarding the Pulitzer, they did the journalists...

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The Long Road to Equal Marriage Rights in Illinois

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 5:15 PM

At a victory rally last night celebrating Illinois becoming 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, I took the opportunity to announce from the stage my engagement to Aldo Pedro Hernandez.

Aldo and I actually decided to get married about a year and a half ago, after discussing it off...

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How Many More Decades Before Gays in Mississippi Can Marry?

(7) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Court Fails to Embrace Coast-to-Coast Equal Rights
While dumping the obviously unconstitutional DOMA, Court punts on Prop 8

While many are applauding today's 5-4 victory over Section 3 of the federal "Defense of Marriage Act," the big picture story is that by refusing to rule on the substance...

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LGBT Rights Are Not Inevitable

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 6:12 PM

A poll just out today says that a majority of Americans now view equal marriage rights in the U.S. as "inevitable."

This is a very dangerous notion, as it breeds the kind of complacency that was a direct contributor to the loss of Illinois's equal marriage rights...

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"Radical" Posturing vs. Civil Rights

(15) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:50 PM

I gagged as I read Yasmin Nair's account of activist Angela Davis's recent speech insulting LGBTs who desire the right to marry. Davis says these LGBTs are motivated by a desire for "bourgeois respectability."

But most equal marriage rights activists I know simply desire the same rights...

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The Supreme Court and Us: Next Steps for Equality

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 8:44 PM

Whichever way the court rules, we need to be in the streets to secure our rights. We do not want to look back, many years from now, and see the year 2013 as the apex of our movement (and the Valley Forge of our opponents).

When the Supreme Court rules,...

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Iraq, Obama and the Left, 10 Years On

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Endless war and shredded civil liberties are the new normal.

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the second U.S.-Iraq War. It was a war that, for the baldness of the lies used to justify it, came to symbolize the arrogance of American assertion of power over...

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The Cowardice of Gay Inc.

(11) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:19 PM

One of the signature traits of LGBT subculture in the United States is its adoration of celebrity. If a well-known person voices the most milquetoast notion that gays are human beings, let alone deserving of legal equality, banner headlines in the gay press are guaranteed. If the celebrity comes out...

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The Fake Budget Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 12:29 PM

In a country where defense giants Boeing and General Electric and 24 other major corporations paid no federal taxes for the last four years...

...They say that we need to cut Medicare, Medicaid and/or Social Security.

In a country where working people pay out huge portions of...

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Mr. President, You Are Abetting Murder in Honduras

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 11:39 AM

An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Dear President Obama:

Put simply, your support of the coup regime in Honduras is killing people. During a recent fact-finding tour of Honduras organized by the Chicago-based La Voz de los de Abajo, I was part of a delegation that spoke to...

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Constructing Central America's Newest 'Death Squad Democracy'

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 1:44 PM

My first day in Honduras last week was also my first in a truly "Third World" country, though from what I've seen, portions of Russia and the Appalachians could give it a run for the money. Of the nine people on our delegation, I'm easily the least traveled in this...

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Why Emanuel's Proposed Anti-Protester Ordinances Should Concern Everyone

(6) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 3:42 PM

Even if you have no plans to protest May's G8 & NATO summits, if you want to oppose a school closing, a greedy employer or a clinic shut-down, your rights are in the cross-hairs.

Over the past few weeks Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pulled a classic Chicago bait-and-switch.


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How Can We Win in Wisconsin?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2011 | 11:26 PM

A small group of us LGBT activists went to Madison today to join the tens of thousands of people from there and around the region standing up for union rights against the vicious union-busting campaign of Republican Governor Scott Walker. Just 48 hours before, Walker rammed a bill through the...

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A Gay Protester Responds to Cardinal George's Criticism

(14) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 9:51 PM

Chicago's Cardinal Francis George recently took pro-gay activists to task for our protest Sunday morning in front of Holy Name Cathedral against his anti-gay policies. Cardinal George issued the following statement:

Some members of the Gay Liberation Network [GLN] demonstrated in front of Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday,...
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Important Legal Victory for Chicago LGBT Rights Activists and Secularists

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 11:47 PM

In an important victory for LGBT rights activists and for civil liberties in general, on Tuesday the top legal official for the City of Chicago sent the American Civil Liberties Union a letter saying they would not arrest protesters at a forthcoming February 13th Gay Liberation Network (GLN) protest for...

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Who Cares Who Wins the Elections

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 4:16 PM

Either way, we will not win on November 2nd. Sure, party hangers-on hoping for sweetheart contracts and other favors care, and are working overtime using the issues we care about, and fears about what "the other guy" might do to us, to try to make us care who wins...

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On Daley's Retirement

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 12:12 PM

He got out just in time.

At the outset of the recession, the city already was a financial basket case, slipping dramatically further once the Olympics announcement was safely out of the way.

The huge web of legal (and illegal) corruption, including vast inefficiencies of sweetheart deals to...

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