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Thursday 14 Mar 2013

Pick Up The Damn Phone!

Take Action:
Calling all Illinois allies, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender peoples! It’s time we ALL step up to the plate and fight for equality! As you may have heard, we are short of votes. That only changes with YOU calling or writing.

It quite simple, you call/write your legislator and ask them to vote "yes" on SB 10, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

To do that, go to: http://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35010/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1090, and enter your zip code. From there it will tell you who your representative is; give you their contact information, and populate an email to them from you.

Easy Peasy!

Give three minutes out of your day and Take action for equality.

Join me!
Bill Pritchard

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IL Rep. Jeanne Ives: "Gays have 'disordered relationships'"

 
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Thursday 7 Mar 2013

Single Party of One

Dating:
Let’s face it, for better or worse, the internet is a large medium for relationships. In the olden days (Ten years ago), if you wanted to meet people, you’d go out and about. Not the case today.

With the invention of the application (I refuse to call it an App) we are just a few taps away from tapping a new ‘friend’. Jack’d and Grindr seem to be pretty popular. Simply sign on and start the search.

I certainly don’t mean to sound judgmental here, but in my opinion, these tools are super limited. They work, if you’re looking for Mr. Right-Now, but they are superficial at best for more quality connections. The personals here on the GoPride Network and sites like OkCupid and Match.com are a bit more thorough, but still don’t take the place of human interaction. I will say, they are a good way to start interface, but nothing does that better than face to face communication. Texts, emails, photo swapping, and profiles, simply pale in comparison.

Have you noticed that a number of folks these days have difficulty talking with other people? I’m not talking about being shy; I’m talking about the lack of skill to hold a conversation or develop new friendships. I think online communication, and its abbreviated forms, has messed with our ability to talk with and listen to people. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying these applications are bad. I simply hope they don’t take away from the social beings we are meant to be.

How about a return to getting out and about; making new friends? Even if you’re shy, there are always a ton of events to get you involved. Don’t know somebody? Go up and introduce yourself. Need help in meeting people? Get involved with community groups (Look under volunteer.) Got a crush on someone? Step up and ask them to coffee or a cocktail. Don’t rely on a few well-taken photos and some cheesy text to convince people you are worthy of meeting. Let your life and interaction show that.

Single and enjoying the mingle!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Off For Good

Purdy Party:
One thing’s for sure, the gays love to throw a party and dress up! We’ll look for any excuse. To those of my Lesbian readers don’t count yourself out of that! I happen know many a lady-lovin-lady that enjoys the gala experience! Take the resent Center on Halsted On the red carpet Oscar’s viewing party. It was a smashing success!

One event not to be missed, is Test Positive Aware Network’sChicago Takes Off”! Noted for its partial nudity; this burlesque night of entertainment is always a crowd pleaser. The two showings on March 2nd, one at 7:30 p.m. and at 10:30 p.m. promise to be sold out soon. Get your tickets today!

Need another reason to dress up? Might I suggest talking with one of the many local establishment owners about throwing a fundraiser for your favorite charity! Like my friends at Wang’s, did for my birthday party last month. They set the stage on a fabulous night of music and fun, and we raised $500+ dollars for my friends at Interfaith House.

I happen to know that Scarlet, Hydrate, minibar and Andersonville’s @mosphere all participate in giving back like this. Set something up and help make a difference in your neighborhood!

XOXO!
Bill Pritchard

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Not To Worry: Setting aside the things that cause us to worry

Thursday 14 Feb 2013

My Funny Valentine

Give and it will come back to you:
Tell the truth, how many of you are bitter that Valentine’s Day is here and you’re alone; or in a bad relationship? Well don’t be. There is something you can do right now, to make this a special Valentine’s Day for you and someone else!

First, it must be said, my valentine will forever be my Sainted Mom! Whether I am in a relationship someday or not, she has always been a loving person in my life! She is worthy of a day of praise.

Don’t have a special someone? How’s about you send anonymous flowers to someone you know; who’s in the same situation! Doing/Being something for someone, without them knowing it was you; is just as rewarding for you as it is them!

You can always go to the store and buy those cute little Valentine’s Day cards to give out to people. You know, like the ones you has in elementary school! How about calling some single friends up and cooking dinner!

In short, get out and give to others! I think you’ll find it just as rewarding as receiving something from someone!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Not To Worry: Setting aside the things that cause us to worry

Tuesday 22 Jan 2013

Roe v. Wade Forty Years Later

Simply Sarah:
Today, I celebrate longtime friend and mentor, Sarah Weddington. At the age of twenty-six, she was counsel for Roe v. Wade; decided forty years ago today, in a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court, on the issue of abortion; and ultimately women’s rights.

Twenty-six years old!

After arguing Roe v. Wade, Sarah completed three terms in the Texas House of Representatives and served as General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture in 1977. (The first woman to hold that office.) She also had the honor of being Assistant to the President during the Carter Administration.


At almost sixty-eight (Sorry for telling folks your age Sarah!) Sarah is a force of nature and continues to fight for the rights of women and citizens in the minority; via the Weddington Center. Since I was 15, Sarah has been a stalwart friend, supporter, inspiration, and consummate dinner date. She is family and has my utmost support and love!

THANK YOU SARAH for allowing your life to be used for the betterment of those you may never meet!

Fortunate to know her,
Bill Pritchard
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