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Wednesday 9 Jan 2013

Get ready to Grindr

2012 Awards:
With more than 4.5 million users in 192 countries across the globe, gay social site, Grindr has taken a look back at 2012 with their Best of 2012 Awards. Honors have gone to some of my favorite people like “Gay icon”, Anderson Cooper, “Straight ally”, President Barack Obama, and “Best comedianKathy Griffin! (See Photo) The list also includes some dear friends.

It’s always nice with folks you collaborate with receive praise for their hard work. ChicagoPride.com partners, Windy City Times was chosen as "best local gay news outlet" for Chicago.

My pals at Sidetrack, were voted as the “best Sunday-Funday” spot and my first Chicago gay bar experience, Roscoe’s, was chosen as “Chicago’s favorite gay bar. DJ Phil DaBeatz and Frida Lay got the nod as well. Both work so hard to entertain the Chicago gayberhood!

Not enough can be said about my dear friend Linda Little! In my heart, I’ve always thought of her as an icon. She would have you refer to her as the Dalai Mama. Regardless of her title, Linda is a class act and always the perfect host, party-rocker, and dear friend. The Grindr guys got it right on you LL!

I was truly touched to be voted "Best local hero/community advocate of the year." I can’t tell you what a surprise that was to find out. (And, by pals who I didn’t know used the application.) Having people say that about you is very kind. With nearly 1 million Grindr users logging on to the application every day, this translates to a very sweet viewer’s choice award. Thank you!

Perhaps now, Joe Jonas will go steady with me!

Thanks Guys!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 1 Jan 2013

New Year To Contact Lawmakers

As the new year begins, same-sex couples in Illinois are closer than ever to full marriage equality - and the process is moving extremely fast!

"... it's coming along at a rate that even surprises me," Rick Garcia of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) recently told ChicagoPride.com.

Gay rights advocates are pulling out all the stops to ensure a successful vote during the lame duck session (January 3-9). Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov recently told me that the vote could come as early as January 2nd. "It is absolutely crucial that every lawmaker hear from her or his constituents in support of marriage equality," he said.

Equality Illinois along with a number of other gay rights organizations - including TCRA, Lambda Legal, HRC and the ACLU - have spent years building the momentum we see today.

Cherkasov reminded me, "Nothing is as important as a phone call from the lawmaker's voters. I also urge our supporters who've already called their lawmakers to contact their relatives all around Illinois and ask them to call their lawmakers, too."

So today as you celebrate the new year, take a moment to Make a Difference in the fight for marriage equality in Illinois. Contact your state lawmakers, families and friends!

Find your lawmaker contact information here. Also visit illinoisunites.org.

Get involved in community!
Bill Pritchard

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"Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson lobbies for Illinois marriage equality

Wednesday 12 Dec 2012

Johnny Weir Loves Ke$ha

Fun, Fast, Five:
Chicago’s LGBT nightlife is so much fun. There is something for everyone and each has its niche. Sidetrack, has space and show tunes; Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café has its hot staff, including the Dalai Momma, Linda Little, and CREW Bar & Grill features jocks! These are but a few of the many fun choices.

When one of these fun night spots celebrates an anniversary, we’ve got another reason to see friends and have some fun. When it is a spot that once was destroyed in a fire, we stop and really appreciate the journey. This can be said of Scarlet!

My friend Paul Cannella and his team at Scarlet really celebrated last week. Known for his generosity in the community, Paul opened Scarlet for a five-night hosted bar. Additionally he brought in well-known friends in the LGBT world to ramp up the fun factor. One such special guest was Two-time Olympic Figure Skater, Three-time US National Champion, and Star of his own reality TV series, “Be Good Johnny Weir”, Johnny Weir!

I enjoyed the opportunity to host Johnny, Paul, and my friends from GayChicagoTV for Champagne over at my flat. We set up a nice space for interviews (You’ll see those soon) and got ready for an action packed final day of celebration. While Paul was being interviewed in the other room, Mr. Weir and I had a chance to visit. I have to say, with all the hype about him being a diva; I found him to be very sweet, thoughtful, and ambitious. He was over the top professional and indeed, a lot of fun!

It was now Johnny’s turn to step into the other room and be interviewed. Paul and I enjoyed my favorite Champagne, Veuve Clicquot and caught up on the week’s revelry. I have to say, I really appreciate my friend Paul. He’s always been very real with me and such a joy to hangout with! I was very fortunate to celebrate this milestone with him.

From my flat, it was off to brunch at Taverna 750 with a few of Paul’s friends and then off to Scarlet for the Liquid Brunch Party. It was such a blast. Everyone from around Chicago showed up! Sure, we had to obey Johnny's "yes" and "no" music list a bit, but fun was had by all!

Happy to see success in community!
Bill Pritchard

MaD|ChicagoPride.com |Facebook|Twitter|Email Bill


Lakeside Pride Symphony Orchestra Blog


Monday 19 Nov 2012

A Million Thank-You’s

Grateful:
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I find myself in an attitude of gratitude more than usual. My friends will tell you, I’m a touch corny when it comes to always thanking people and appreciating their impact. I get that from my Sainted Parents; who always take the time to appreciate.

Being thankful is easy when you interact with quality people of community. And, at the risk of tooting my own horn, I have to thank my business partners at ChicagoPride.com Steve Long and Matthew Inawat. On a daily basis, they pour time and treasure into ChicagoPride.com and its community outreach. I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with them and for their support in friendship. Thankful!

ChicagoPride.com has provided so many with the opportunity to voice their opinions and mission. I’ve always been amazed at how often our weblogs are read and still wonder why on earth anyone would care what I had to say. But as of today, my dorky blog has been viewed more than one million times. I am blown away at that kind of number, but share in my fellow bloggers enthusiasm to keep community alive in our posts. If you’re not blogging yet, I’d encourage you to try it!

Enough can’t be said for the marvelous friends I have! I have been so lucky to meet and know great people. My work in the community affords me countless chances to meet interesting folks. In the midst of that work, I am loved and cared for, by people of great quality. My friends are each so different and their involvement in my life provides unique blessing.

Hang around me for more than five minutes and there is a chance you’ll hear me talk about my Bosom Friend David, or my best friend Isaiah. These two are both so different, but have an amazing impact on my life, every day. There is simply not enough time or chance to thank them for their amazing investment in my life. Thankful!

Who are you thankful for? What comes to mind when you hear the word gratitude? Is there someone you should call and thank? If there is one benefit, other than delicious food, on Thanksgiving, it would be the reminder to be thankful.

Lastly, I am forever in a place of thanks and appreciation of my Sainted Mom and my Sainted Father! I count their involvement and steadfast love over my life as THE greatest thing I’m thankful about. (I’m also pretty grateful Mom showing me how to cook a turkey!)

Grateful!
Bill Pritchard

MaD|ChicagoPride.com |Facebook|Twitter|Email Bill


Lakeside Pride Symphony Orchestra Blog

Wednesday 14 Nov 2012

Over The Rainbow

A Benefit of Hope:
The 2nd Annual Over The Rainbow - A Benefit of Hope fundraiser takes place November 14th at 7:00 pm. at, Sidetrack in Boystown.

A benefit to raise money and awareness for those who struggle with cancer within the LGBT community, this popular event features the community talent of Amy Armstrong, Stephen Leonard, Cyon Flare, Molly Callinan, Sasha Colby, Circuit Mom, and Sharriese Hamilton.

The night will also include a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Gilda’s Club Chicago, a support community for people living with cancer along with their families and friends.

Over The Rainbow was organized to raise awareness after founder and Executive Director, Jimmy Kays, watched a dear friend, battle, suffer, struggle, fight, and be taken due to colon cancer at the young age of 26. This event strives to raise cancer awareness and highlight the resources available to help those in the LGBT community.

You can purchase tickets online in advance for $15, or tickets will be sold at the door for $20. Each ticket will include one drink and your chance to win 2 round-trip tickets compliments of Southwest Airlines.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, you can choose donate instead of purchase tickets. Every dollar helps!

Community Difference!
Bill Pritchard

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