Andy Thayer

Office Manager

Biography

Andy (any pronouns), described as “a gigantic pain in the butt for law enforcement” by a retired Chicago Police Deputy Commander in a 2012 Sun-Times profile, is a 30+ year Uptown resident and has worked as Loevy + Loevy’s office manager since 2003.

He has been arrested numerous times in various protests, including twice [2] in Moscow, Russia for protesting against that government’s bans on gay rights demonstrations. As co-founder of the multi-issue, LGBTQ Gay Liberation Network, he has long worked to provide an intersectional voice within the LGBTQ community, helping spearhead the fight for equal marriage rights in Illinois years before “mainstream” activists joined the fight, incurring felony charges from the Cook County States Attorney’s Office for his efforts. He has focused on raising issues not popular with corporate gay activists such as support for Chelsea Manning, solidarity with Palestinians, opposition to gentrification, and opposing United States’ many wars.

His writings include:

“All the Chicago Mayoral Candidates Are Getting It Wrong: We Don’t Need More Cops” In These Times

Letter to a Bernie ActivistCounterPunch

Orlando, Dallas and the Failure of LGBT Single-Issue PoliticsCounterPunch

The LGBT Movement is an Intersectional FailCounterPunch“Why Stonewall Matters Today” Jacobin

Our Impact

Loevy + Loevy has won more multi-million dollar verdicts than perhaps any other law firm in the country over the past decade. Our willingness to take hard cases to trial, and win them, has yielded a nationally recognized reputation for success in the courtroom.

Read the latest public reporting and press releases about Loevy + Loevy’s clients, our public interest litigation, and our civil rights impact.

We take on the nation’s most difficult public interest cases, advocating in and outside the courtroom to secure justice for our clients and to hold officials, governments, and corporations accountable.

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