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Wednesday 9 Mar 2011

Rainy Hump Day

I don’t know about you, but I adore a misty day like today in Chicago! Perhaps it makes me feel like I’m back in my hometown of Seattle; seeing my Sainted Mom and Dad. Whatever the reason, I sure do love the many seasonal faces of Chicago.

Last weekend, Test Positive Aware Network’s Rhett Lindsay, Kyle Heath, and Dan Paterno truly out done themselves with Chicago Takes Off "Lido des Boys". It was an outstanding success; raising over $150,000 for the programs of TPAN

Produced by Keith Elliott and Todd Kiech Chicago Takes Off "Lido des Boys" was a burlesque revue-style show featuring talented male and female dancers who donated their time and talent to strut their stuff in support of this important cause. There was truly something for everyone as men, women, old, young, plump, thin and even k9 performed.

Hosting the show was none other then Murray Hill, the self-proclaimed "hardest-working middle-aged man in show business." Without a doubt, Murray is THE perfect host for such an event! Picture Don Rickles with a mustache and a hidden vagina. It was pure roast and everyone adored it. Yours truly was even the target of an ad-libbed one-liner; making the rest of the evening a lot of fun around the city. It was like being part of the show without taking my clothes off. (Chicago would have really taken off!)

You can see Photos from the evening on ChicagoPride.com. WARNING: The show is a bit risqué.

The weekend was also filled with libations at Scarlet; cocktails with the lovely Dalai Momma herself, Linda Little at Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café, and meeting of Austin Armacost of The A List: New York at SPIN. To be honest, I’ve never seen the show, but he was a nice kid! While there I ran into JADE of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. I’ll tell you what, JADE is the real deal in performers AND is a true friend of the community!

I also had a nice visit with the Perry Twins last weekend. They were headlining the DJ booth at Hydrate. They were super sweet and had a lot of nice things to say about Chicago.

I happen to know there are some fun events coming up in WeHo, Boystown, Miami, and Washington, DC! I know that money is pretty tight now for most of us, so pick one and/or volunteer at another. All-in-all, it’s a fun way to give back to your community, meet some new friends, and make a difference!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Friday 4 Mar 2011

NAKED Time

Leave it up to Test Positive Aware Network to host a fabulous event called Chicago Takes Off "Lido des Boys". The shows are a Broadway-style musical revue that elevates the “strip-tease” to an art form. God, I love art!

TPAN’s Rhett Lindsay let me know that they still have 12 seats left for the 10:30 PM performance, and 20 for the 7:30 PM performance. You can Email Rhett or give him a call at 773-989-9400 ext. 233

Check out some of the photos from last years show. It was AMAZING! Each year gets better and better. WARNING: The show is a bit risqué. You might want to take a cold shower before you arrive. In 2009, New York’s Coco Peru (Many will recall Ms. Peru’s hosted. You can see a bit of it in this video:


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Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Windy City Times chats with Laurel Holloman
Friday 25 Feb 2011

Extra Ticket to Gaga

Yep, it’s true, I’ve got two tickets to the Gaga concert in Chicago for next Monday the 28th.

What I don’t have is the cute guy to go with me. This is a single man’s cry. Perhaps you would be free to go with me?

Why should I pick you? Comment below.

Cheers,
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 22 Feb 2011

Drew's a cut above the rest

Everyone loves the story of the good guy winning in the end. Well this is such a story! My pal and hair stylist Drew Freund has won over the critics; most notably BRAVO’s Tabatha Coffey of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. Don’t let the boy-next-door cute looks fool ya! Drew is one smart dedicated chap. As you can see from the video below, he’s taken the critique and challenge that was given in the previous season, and made it work for him.




I can’t begin to say how proud of Drew I am! He’s been my hair stylist for a long time and has always worked hard. I’ve not met many his age so dedicated to growing, learning, and working hard. That and he’s debt free with investments too boot! Truly an impressive person!

Before you all rush to Zea Salon to make an appointment; keep in mind that he’s always got an hour for me first. Smiles

Happy 2222’s Day!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 15 Feb 2011

Medal of Freedom

President Obama honored fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom today at a ceremony at the White House. As the President said, “These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they’ve excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place.

The highest civilian honor in the United States, the 2010 Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”; according to the White House.

The following individuals received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at today's ceremony: President George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of the United States. Chancellor Angela Merkel Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Congressman John Lewis John Lewis is an American hero and a giant of the Civil Rights Movement. John H. Adams John H. Adams co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970. Maya Angelou Dr. Maya Angelou is a prominent and celebrated author, poet, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker, and civil rights activist, who is currently the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Warren Buffett Warren Buffett is an American investor, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is one of the most successful investors in the world. Jasper Johns American artist Jasper Johns has produced a distinguished body of work dealing with themes of perception and identity since the mid-1950s. Gerda Weissmann Klein Gerda Weissmann Klein is a Jewish Holocaust survivor who has written several books about her experiences. Dr. Tom Little (Posthumous) Dr. Tom Little was an optometrist who was brutally murdered on August 6, 2010, by the Taliban in the Kuran Wa Munjan district of Badakhshan, Afghanistan, along with nine other members of a team returning from a humanitarian mission to provide vision care in the remote Parun valley of Nuristan. Yo-Yo Ma Yo-Yo Ma is considered the world’s greatest living cellist, recognized as a prodigy since the age of five whose celebrity transcends the world of classical music. Sylvia Mendez Sylvia Mendez is a civil rights activist of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. Stan Musial Stan “The Man” Musial is a baseball legend and Hall of Fame first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. Musial played 22 seasons for the Cardinals from 1941 to 1963. Bill Russell Bill Russell is the former Boston Celtics’ Captain who almost single-handedly redefined the game of basketball. Jean Kennedy Smith In 1974, Jean Kennedy Smith founded VSA, a non-profit organization affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center that promotes the artistic talents of children, youth and adults with disabilities. John J. Sweeney John J. Sweeney is the current President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, and served as President of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009.



Yesterday I had the great privilege to visit with Congressman John Lewis while I was in Atlanta. He is truly an American hero and an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. He served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), helped to organize the first lunch-counter sit-in in 1959 at the age of 19, and was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. In May 1961, he participated in the initial Freedom Ride, during which he endured violent attacks in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Montgomery, Alabama. In 1964, he helped to coordinate the Mississippi Freedom Project, and, in 1965, he led the Selma-to-Montgomery march to petition for voting rights where marchers were brutally confronted in an incident that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” Eight days later, President Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress, condemned the violence in Selma, and called for passage of the Voting Rights Act, which was enacted within months. Since 1987, John Lewis has served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th District, which encompasses all of Atlanta.

During our time together he spoke of not giving up and working as hard as possible to bring justice to those that don’t have it. I can’t think of anyone better deserved for this high award. Well, perhaps my Sainted Father; who last year won the National LGBT Bar Association's 2010 Allies for Justice Award. A true hero to our community and to me!

Happy Tuesday!
Bill Pritchard

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