Tuesday 13 May 2014

INVITATION: Miss Mona Sinclair

Some of you will recall, a few years back, the back-and-forth bicker between drag queens on blogs. Every day it was a new volley of shade; never coming to fisticuffs, but comedy nonetheless.

Trannika Rex of popular Boystown Chicago club Scarlet, has added her own platform of comedy in an invitation she posted via social media. She invited failed Republican candidate & former drag queen Steve Wiles (AKA Miss Mona Sinclair) to Scarlet’s "Trannika's Most Wanted", to make her return to drag!

It wasn’t long ago that Ms. Rex issued an invite to Phil Robertson, the controversial star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, to attend her show. Wiles, a republican North Carolina state senate candidate and on-the-record supporter of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage spent part of his twenties working as the drag queen Miss Mona Sinclair.

Expressing her sympathies over Wiles’ loss in the recent senate primary; Trannika extend a “limp wrist” invitation offering a $400 stipend and airline tickest to appear at Scarlet. She even offered a makeover by her team of “expert drag queens" including Kim Chi, Shea Coulee,Ivory, KayceeOrtiz, and The Princess.

Who knows if the Wiles/Sinclair camp will respond. America indeed loves a comeback and Trannika Rex has stepped up to the plate. Said Rex, “If we can take back Britney, we can take back a closeted bigot with questionable taste in kaftans.”

Let the comedy ensue.
Bill Pritchard

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Friday 9 May 2014

MEET: My Gay Roommate's Noam Ash

I've known My Gay Roommate’s, Noam Ash for a year. Yet, we never met, that is until today. Meeting through correspondence over Facebook, we formed a friendship, based originally on his YouTube creations. But, there's a lot more to Noam.

For twenty-three, he's very in touch with who he is and what he wants out of life. He meditates twice daily and attributes those twenty minute meditations to his source of strength. Another empowerment for Noam is family. With citizenship in the United States and Israel, he travels quite a bit to be with his folks. As of this posting, he's now the proud uncle to a healthy baby girl. This has made him one happy Guncle! (Gay uncle)

It was such a treat to get to know Noam over coffee and arugula. I think you'll see great creativity from him. In his latest installment of My Gay Roommate, things heat up between Nick and the Cowboy, Ed copes with the new relationship, and the nerd den dwellers are visited by the Angelic TONY Award Winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia (RENT).  Be sure to check it out:

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Friday 2 May 2014

Not to be missed

With so many events taking place in LGBT Chicago it’s easy to miss out on one. Here are a few you should try to take part in this weekend:

Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens returns to Hydrate Nightclub with an all-new revival production on Friday and Saturday

The folks at NEVERLAND return with "We Love Brazil": a carnival extravaganza of samba, feathers, headdresses, and all things Brazilian

Saturday, be sure to hit up the Nettelhorst French Market. This farmers market on the corner of Broadway and Melrose features the freshest flowers, vegetables, fruits, breads, meats, and crafts from local farmers.

For me, Sunday-Funday always begins with "Gay Church" Brunch at Angelina Ristorante. This is the quintessential circus of activity featuring local walk-of-shame and post party goers. (NSFP = Not safe for parents)

Chicago House Social Service Agency and Hydrate Nightclub are hosting their Sunday-Funday: Giving Back Edition. What better way to spend the afternoon, than by having fun and giving back at the same time!

Enjoy your weekend and play safe!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 28 Apr 2014

A Date With Buddy Holly

Second Date with Dylan and Andrew presents a Buddy Holly Tribute April 29th in Chicago. My Friends Andrew & Dylan gather some of Chicago's most talented for an evening of music and expression.

Here is Dylan at the last 'Second Date'.

Don't miss out!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Remembering Tom

Many have heard the heart wrenching story of Shane Bitney Crone losing his partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom. It was May 7, 2001; Tom lost his life, after falling from a rooftop.

Out of that experience, Shane was given a perspective he didn’t know he would ever have.

“I need to fight for what’s right. I need to fight for what I believe in and I can’t just stand back any more. Maybe that’s why all this happened and maybe this is part of the reason; is to open my eyes and to inspire me to want to make a change and want to fight for equality. I just don’t know if people will listen."

"I guess no one’s going to listen, if I don’t talk. So I’m talking!"

And talk he did, through his amazing documentary BRIDEGROOM.

This morning, I noticed Shane posted the following on his Facebook: “Happy Birthday to the love of my life, Tom. I miss you deeply, but celebrate you today with laughter, love, and lots of wonderful memories.”  The anniversary of Tom's death is approaching and many of you have asked how you can help honor him. On that day, May 7, I want to celebrate his outgoing spirit and compassion for humanity by encouraging you all to be a part of the conversation. Here are some ways to get involved (and remember, save your posts for May 7!).

1. Organize a BRIDEGROOM documentary viewing party at your home, school, etc. and lead a conversation. We want to see your viewing parties so make sure you take a picture and use the hashtags #TapTapTap and #BridegroomMovie. You can also “check in” to our global Facebook event: TapTapTap. Remember you can view BRIDEGROOM on Netflix or rent it from iTunes.

2. Make a video or write about your own experiences with seeing BRIDEGROOM, coming out, fighting for equal rights, etc. Share them on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Use the hashtags #TapTapTap and #BridegroomMovie to join in.

Thank you all for your support and love today--it means the world to me.

There isn’t a day that goes by where Shane’s example doesn’t motivate and inspire me. Seeing the petty shit that we all place value in seems pretty meaningless compared to Shane and Tom’s story. I dare you; I dare myself, to be/do more than we have for equality, equal justice, and tolerance.

Tap! Tap! Tap!

Bill Pritchard

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