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Thursday 8 Nov 2012

I love Jake Gyllenhaal!

I Won't Quit You!:
With all of the talk about whether or not I should be allowed to love who I want, I am putting it out there. . . I love my hopeful future husband Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal.

Those of you who know me, know how much I appreciate a handsome and talented chap like thirty-one year old Jacob, or Jake as I like to call him. The obvious point I’m making here is, laws or not, I can choose whom I love any time I wish. I may not have all the rights with that love, but someday, I will.

In the meantime, I’m going to love, date, and meet who I want. Agree or not. Judge me or not. I am a happy man in this life that God has given me! And God loves me just fine!

It gets better!

Cheers Dammit!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 22 Oct 2012

The White Room Challange

Creation:
Chicago Lost and Found President and founder, Mitch Pennell is at it again! The creative chap is being featured on HGTV’s The White Room Challenge this Friday.

Known for his uncanny ability to turn junk into jewel, Mitch is sure to wow audiences with his transformation. This is also a great opportunity to highlight Chicago Lost and Found, a not-for-profit organization committed to art education and inspiring creativity throughout the city of Chicago. They re-purpose materials with no value or which would otherwise become landfill and transforms it into unusual art and functional furnishings.

Sales from the creations assist in generating funds to provide hands-on art education anywhere there is a need. Simply put, they take trash and turn it into treasure; all the while teaching folks the importance of art, creativity, and making a difference in their community.

Some of you might recall back in August, I told you about Mitch’s great help to me with the placement of my art collection. With everything I’ve acquired over the years, he’s this art collector’s dream.

Cheers to creativitiy!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 15 Oct 2012

Make Equality Count

HRC Gala:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Chicago Gala is this Saturday, October 20th. The annual event consists of a large silent auction, followed by a black-tie dinner, to celebrate the achievements made and to look toward a more just future.

Tickets are on sale for the, General Reception + Gala Dinner: $225.00 and the VIP Reception + Gala Dinner: $350.00

For more information, please contact Kyle Klatt at 202-436-4433 or email kylek1980@gmail.com or visit www.hrc.org/chicagodinner

Make a difference in your world!
Bill Pritchard

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Michael Urie, Sophie Bush help raise $2.9 million at AIDS Walk Los Angeles
Friday 5 Oct 2012

2012 Homecoming

Super fun was had with Trannika Rex on Friday night, October 5th, for Scarlet's Homecoming! The tunes provided by by rock star DJ Dolo were off the hook.

Joining me was my friend Ronnie Kroell. At almost thirty, I think he thought we were kids again. Clearly Scarlet knows how to throw one heck of a welcome-back-to-booze party! (For those of you who don't know, I had taken a month off from the libations.)
Wednesday 12 Sep 2012

Chicago's LGBT Community Loses a Friend

Farewell:
Shortly after I moved to Chicago in 2001, I met a guy named Michael Jasinski. He seemed to always be out and about; appearing at every community event.

I made it a point to get to know him and quickly learned his passion for the LGBT community. He and his former partner Milan started a website called BoystownChicago.com on the beginnings of the LGBT internet revolution.

In short order, we began to work together on a campaign to bring the make a difference mission to the minds of Chicago’s LGBT and ally communities. From day one Michael and Milan saw the importance of giving back to the community and changing lives. I worked with them for a few years before moving into partnership with our team here at ChicagoPride.com.

The early years with those of us in new media, changed the way events and organizations were run. Michael was a large part of that; helping to create innovative ways for groups to raise funds, disseminate important information, and create community. In fact, it was Michael who maintained Equality Illinois’ first website.

He made a difference!

Sadly, Michael Jasinski passed away last week in Chicago. The Chicago LGBT community lost a kind advocate, devoted pal and unending spirit! Many of us owe a great deal to Michael and his efforts.

In one of his final Facebook posts, Michael talked of his love of life: "I am so grateful for everything in my life, that I actually can't be happier. I'm human, I can and always want more .... but really, I (sic) thankful to be so blessed in all I experience both in good and bad, up and down, ands (sic) all around .... It's a Beautiful Life! Thank you for being apart of it~!"

Rest in peace MJ, you truly deserve that!
Bill Pritchard

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