Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Backyard Winter Wonderland

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

After having been stranded inside during Chicago’s bitter cold weather that accompanied the past week’s massive snowstorms, little Tuffy finally ventured outside today to explore the Arctic and see what “Chiberia” was really like. Amazing…the backyard had been transformed into a snowy winter wonderland!

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

Caught This Little Guy Playing With Himself!!

Caught This Little Guy Playing With Himself!!

Don’t worry folks, my Little Tuffy has an owner. He wasn’t homeless. For those wondering, this was taken on a hot summer day at the Belmont Harbor Beach in Chicago. Tuffy had just discovered a new part of the Wall at the beach, exploring it and wondering if he could muster the courage to jump from it all the way down into the lake water.

Caught This Little Guy Playing With Himself!!

Chicago’s 2013 Pride Parade: More Than 1 Million March for Marriage Equality

Chicago’s 2013 Pride Parade: More Than 1 Million March for Marriage Equality

Sunday’s Pride Parade on Chicago’s North Side, always a big festivity, fell at a time when the LGBT community is counting its victories in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage. On a perfect summer day, Chicago’s gay community celebrated the best way it knows: loudly, colorfully and with great flair. Thousands lined the streets of Uptown and Lakeview for the 44th annual Pride Parade, as it moved down Broadway and Halsted streets, a joyful revelry that took on new meaning in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act last week

In major victories for the human rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday had ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case on Prop 8 from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there. By clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, the nation’s most populous state, the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow it.

Chicago’s 2013 Pride Parade: More Than 1 Million March for Marriage Equality

Chicago Pride Parade 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Same Love

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The 2013 Gay Pride: Supreme Court’s Historic Rulings Support Gay Marriage

The 2013 Gay Pride: Supreme Court’s Historic Rulings Support Gay Marriage

In major victories for the human rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case on Prop 8 from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there. By clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, the nation’s most populous state, the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow it.

In the hushed courtroom Wednesday morning, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced the majority opinion that struck down the federal law in a stately tone indicating he was delivering a civil rights landmark. The vote in the case striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act was 5 to 4, and Justice Kennedy was joined by the four members of the court’s liberal wing. The ruling will immediately extend many benefits to couples married in the states that allow such unions, and it will allow the Obama administration to broaden other benefits through executive actions.

The case concerning California’s ban on same-sex marriage, enacted in a ballot initiative known as Proposition 8, was decided on technical grounds, with the majority saying that it was not properly before the court. Because officials in California had declined to appeal a trial court’s decision against them, and because the proponents of the ban were not entitled to step into the state’s shoes to appeal the decision, the court said, it was powerless to issue a decision. That left in place a trial court victory for two same-sex couples who had sought to marry.

Read more about the Supreme Court’s decisions in the New York Times here.

Read more about the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 decision in the Los Angeles Times here.

Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage Rights

Supreme Court Rulings Spur Celebrations Among Gay Marriage Supporters

Gay Pride Month: Celebrating Loving Feelings for Others

It’s the Dream Afraid of Waking,
That Never Takes a Chance
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Harvey Milk: You’ve Got to Give Them Hope

Before there was this year’s Academy Awards celebrated Milk, there was the widely acclaimed The Times of Harvey Milk, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film in 1984, and was awarded The Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, among other awards. The documentary chronicles the political career of Harvey Milk, who was San Francisco’s first openly gay elected Board Supervisor. The film, at times humorous, at times nostalgic, and at other times quite tragic, tells the story of Harvey Milk’s rise to political power and emergence as a symbol of gay political achievement.

The Times of Harvey Milk documents through assembled historic film clips the tumultuous story of Milk’s grass-roots political organizing and election, through the shocking murders and their repercussions. It takes the film’s viewers along with the eloquent candle-light memorial joined by tens of thousands of San Franciscans on the evening of the assassinations, to the scenes of angry crowds who stormed San Francisco’s City Hall in the aftermath of the lenient sentence that Dan White received at his murder trial.

This Academy Award-winning documentary feature film depicts not only Harvey Milk himself, but also the political and social milieu of the era in which he lived. From this perspective, the film continues to have significant relevance for our nation today, standing as a classic portrait of communities and cultural values in severe conflict. The film was produced subsequent to Harvey Milk’s death using archival footage, so that Milk is credited posthumously as the lead actor. Other politicians, including San Francisco’s then-mayor George Moscone (who was assassinated along with Milk) and Moscone’s successor and now United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, also appear in the archival footage. Also featured in the film is then-schoolteacher Tom Ammiano, who has been a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors since 1994, and was elected to the California State Assembly. The film’s outstanding narration is provided by the acclaimed stage and screen actor Harvey Fierstein, who at that time had just achieved great success with his own Tony Award-winning Broadway play Torch Song Trilogy.

The Times of Harvey Milk: The Full Version of the Documentary

Slide Show:The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

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Little Tuffy Goes Swimming at the Beach!

Little Tuffy Goes Swimming at the Beach!

It was a hot early summer day in Chicago, and Tuffy went swimming in Lake Michigan at the doggie beach at the North Side’s Belmont Harbor. At first little Tuffy was quite puzzled by some new construction at the doggie beach, but ended up having himself a swimmingly fun time!

Little Tuffy Goes Swimming at the Beach!

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High Hopes Dashed: Illinois Gay Marriage Vote Postponed Until November

High Hopes Dashed: Illinois Gay Marriage Vote Postponed Until November

His voice breaking with emotion, state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) tearfully said Friday that he would not call for a vote on his bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the final hours of the Illinois spring legislative session. “I’ve never been sadder,” Harris said, as he took to the floor of the House to make his announcement.

Several of my colleagues have indicated they’d not be willing to cast a vote on this bill today,” Harris told the crowded House chamber. “They’ve asked for time to go back to their districts, talk to their constituents and reach out to their minds and hearts and have told me they’ll return in November with their word that they’re prepared to support this legislation. And I take my colleagues at their word they shall.”

Gay and lesbian couples who want to legally marry in Illinois met the announced delay with tears, anger and confusion. The postponement of the showdown vote once again dashed the high hopes of supporters, who believed that after years of disappointment, they were finally on the verge of making history.

High Hopes Dashed: Illinois Gay Marriage Vote Postponed Until November

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Springtime in Chicago: Little Tuffy Frolics with the Big Guys

Springtime in Chicago: Little Tuffy Frolics with the Big Guys

Well, springtime has finally arrived in Chicago, and Little Tuffy gets to frolic with his big bestie, Miss Olive, at the Wiggly Field doggie park in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. And when some of the other big guys think about picking on Little Tuffy, he’s up for a little bit of play-fighting that teaches them not to mess around with the little guys!!

Springtime Frolics: Little Tuffy and Big Miss Olive

Springtime Frolics: Little Tuffy Takes on the Big Guys

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