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Andy Thayer

Suburban Prison Could House Detained NATO Protesters

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

Individuals arrested while protesting the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago could be bound for the suburbs, as the city is short on other options in the...

Coming Soon To The Loop: 'Battle' Gear-Clad Federal Agents

Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago

Federal law enforcement agents decked out in their "battle" gear are expected to arrive in Chicago next week to prepare for the upcoming NATO Summit -...

Secret Service's NATO Security Plan Leaked By Protesters

Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago

Activists preparing to protest the NATO summit in Chicago next month leaked what they claim is the Secret Service's security perimeter for the event o...

Activists To Secret Service: 'It's Time' To Release NATO Security Plan

Posted 04.21.2012 | Chicago

Activists preparing to protest the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago this week set a deadline by which they hope the federal government will disclose th...

NATO Protesters, City Reach Agreement On Protest Permit

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

After weeks of negotiations, the city and anti-war activists on Wednesday agreed on the particulars of a permit that will allow protesters to demonstr...

WATCH: NATO Protesters Change Plans

Posted 03.16.2012 | Chicago

Activists planning to protest the NATO summit in Chicago this spring have announced a tweak to their plans. ABC Chicago reports that activists will...

Lollapalooza For Activists?

Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's outdoor festival season will have a new, politically-oriented offering this spring: the Occupy Festival. The inaugural, Occupy Chicago-en...

Activists Gather At City Hall To Protest NATO, G8 Ordinance

Posted 01.17.2012 | Chicago

As members of Occupy Chicago gathered at City Hall to decry Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plans for the NATO and G8 summits -- which will take place in Chicago...

Activists Fight New NATO, G8 Protest Rules

Posted 01.14.2012 | Chicago

A coalition comprising some 20 community and labor groups on Friday issued a public letter addressed to Chicago's City Council which outlined their co...

Downtown Chicago Lockdown? NATO, G8 Summits To Restrict Loop Access

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

Members of the Occupy movement and other protesters have already expressed frustration with new rules Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed for the upcoming...

Activists Prepping NATO, G8 Protest Permits May Sue City Over New Rules

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

Activists preparing to demonstrate against Chicago's concurrent hosting of the G8 and NATO summits at the city's McCormick Place in May applied for de...

Rahm Aims To Drastically Increase Fines For NATO, G8 Protesters

Posted 12.15.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced a new ordinance that was drastically increase the fines potentially facing protesters of the NATO an...

Activists Meet In Chicago To Organize G8 And NATO Protests This Spring

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

More than 160 activists from about 50 groups in the U.S. and Canada met at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Sunday to discuss logistics and strategies ...

Chicago Activist Arrested At Moscow Gay Pride Event

Windy City Times | Posted 07.31.2011 | Chicago

Story courtesy of the Windy City Times Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) co-founder Andy Thayer is among several people who have been arrested for par...

How Russian Gay Activists Outwitted the Secret Police

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Thayer

Russian gays and lesbians accomplished their most successful Pride yet -- a highly visible event with lots of press coverage, no arrests and no beatings, despite government bans and a police dragnet.

Russian Gays' Courage Contrasts With the Shame of Western Embassies

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Thayer

The contrast between Western official attitudes towards Pride in most of Eastern Europe versus that in Russia and Belarus, a country tightly allied with Russia, could not be starker.

While Russian Gov't Bigots Seem Steadfast, the Ground Is Shifting Beneath Them

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Thayer

On the eve of two of his court dates and a press conference later today, I had the opportunity to sit down with the city's principal gay organizer, Nikolai Alekseev.

Thank You for Joining the Peace Movement, Mayor Daley!

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Dear Mayor Daley, After nearly 7 years of war in Iraq and over 8 in Afghanistan, we heartily thank you for joining the peace movement now that your son is facing another deployment.

Gay Liberation Network Plans To Picket Holy Name Cathedral For National Freedom To Marry Day

Chicagoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In recognition of National Freedom to Marry Day, the Chicago-based LGBT advocacy organization Gay Liberation Network has planned an informational pick...

Richard Fiorito Will Not Be Charged: Cop Accused Of Targeting Gays For DUI Arrests Cleared

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago Police Officer accused of targeting gay and lesbian motorists for phony DUI arrests and making anti-gay comments during those arrests will n...

Anti-Gay Chicago Cop: Is Fiorito Off The Hook?

Chicagoist | Joseph Erbentraut in News on January 15, 2010 2:30 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When we were alerted to a tip, earlier this week, from the Gay Liberation Network (GLN) that the Cook County States Attorney's office was planning to ...

Civil Union Bill Loses Momentum

Chicago Tribune | James Janega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A proposal to allow civil unions in Illinois between same-sex couples has been stalled in the state legislature and seems likely to stay that way, as ...