Episode 62 – Andy Thayer – Gay Activist and Co-Founder, Gay Liberation Network (Part 2 of 2) Plus My Commentary “40 Years Ago This Week”

Andy Thayer is the consummate street activist. He has lead numerous protests in Chicago and elsewhere and was arrested on May 16th, 2009 in Russia for participating in Moscow’s gay pride event. Andy is also co-founder of Day of Decision which has lead protests against the California Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8. Plus my commentary “40 Years Ago This Week.”

All Photos Provided by Andy Thayer and the Gay Liberation Network

 

Nikolai Alekseev with other protestors decamped at secret location outside Moscow to avoid pre-emptive arrest planning Slavic Pride

 

Slavic Pride organizers with map planning how to get into Moscow as police were stopping and searching all vehicles coming into city

 

A member of OMOH, Russia’s SWAT Police; Andy points out that OMOH spelled backwards is HOMO

 

Shortly after each group revealed itself, Russian OMOH cops (their equivalent of SWAT police) waded through the sea of press and violently arrested the protestors

 

Peter Tatchell, famed British gay activist was beaten up and arested at 2005 pride event in Moscow was back again in 2009 to lend support to Nikolai Alekseev and other Slavic Pride participants

 

Nikolai Alekseev celebrating his release from interrogation after being arrested at Slavic Pride

 

Andy Thayer in Moscow to attend Slavic Pride

 

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Websites featured in this episode:
Gay Liberation Network
Gay Russia
DayOfDecision.com
Video of Andy Thayer Being Arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow on 16 May 2009

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