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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

 
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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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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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