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Wednesday 15 Dec 2010

Bye-Bye DREX!

ChicagoPride.com broke the news this morning that Clear Channel’s 103.5 KISS FM let popular morning personality DreX go.

Clearly this is sad news for those of us who’ve made DreX a part of our morning routine. For me, I’m sad to see a community friend move on. DreX has been a champion for Chicago's gay and lesbian community for years. I'm a big fan and have the utmost respect and appreciation for DreX's efforts and honesty on-air!

I'm sure Clear Channel and KISS-FM will continue to show support for our community! They’ve gone above and beyond in years past for us and have always been kind to me.

For the last four years I’ve appeared on the DreX Morning Show; during PRIDE month. Listen to this years 2010 interview. Joining me was my pal Ronnie Kroell; who was in town to promote his spread in Playgirl.

If I know DreX well, I’d bet he’s going to enjoy some well-deserved time off and make the most of the holiday’s. I’m sure we will see him resurface in the near future!

So long DreX!
Bill Pritchard

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Chicago Gay Idols Unite For Howard Brown
 
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Tuesday 7 Dec 2010

TPAN’s Top Bun’s

Forget the cold; it’s time to get hot over Test Positive Aware Network’s Bar-Lesque fundraiser winner, Jason from Sidetrack; who raised a total of $4,712.00 for TPAN. Coming in second place (As it were) was Michael from Atmosphere raising $4,352.00

Both beauties are in their 30’s proving once again that growing older isn’t such a bad thing as some would have you to believe. In fact, there are some of us in the community who would gladly start the petition to get TPAN’s Rhett Lindsey in on this contest! Perhaps next year.

In its third year, Bar-Lesque has some new items on hand; making instant gratification possible. There is still time and need to give!

Giving has never been so much fun!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Chicago House Speaker Series Luncheon featuring, Madeleine Albright
Friday 3 Dec 2010

How Sweet It Is

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago out did themselves once again as they hosted their annual World of Chocolate extravaganza Thursday! I’m pretty sure the whole damn city of Chicago was there.

I was the lucky ducky to be able to serve as guest judge along side some notable folks like Candice Jordan; ABC’s Kathy Brock; FOX’s Jan Jeffcoat; Chicago socialite Billy Dec and of course ChicagoPride.com’s own, Miss Foozie.

In addition to sampling sweet and savory creations from over thirty different venders; I enjoyed seeing so many of you supporting a true need in the community with your time and treasure. Spotted last night: Everyone’s favorite pod-caster’s Marc and Fausto from the Feast of Fun; Velvet Rope’s Frank Elliot ; School teachers, Michal Kosko and Andrea Wolfe; Nightspots’ Kirk Williamson; the uber-cute Matt Lieberman; my dear friend, Scottie P.; beautiful bearded man, Bryan Blaise and of course my date Bill Pritchard. Opps, I mean, Michael (You should have seen him introducing himself to everyone as me. KA-razy!)

Many politicos came a knockin; hoping to garner the community’s attention. LGBT ally, Governor Pat Quinn also showed his support by attending. (See Photo Above) He addressed the one thousand plus crowd, saying, “We used the power of democracy and we worked together to make sure that we would have a law in Illinois authorizing civil unions. That law will land on my desk very shortly and I'm going to sign that law."

Also, something really needs to be said about Shayne (See Photo) who was promoting the Chicago Red Dress event. Not only was this guy DAMN FINE, but he was really sweet about everyone’s looking at (and in some cases touching) him. If you ask me he's just a real kind person!

After all the revelry, Michael and I headed up to Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café to wish Robin Cook a very happy birthday. I’ll tell you what, he is one damn sweet man and I wish him the very best.

While there I ran in to my future Civie, (Def: Term we just made up for the person you are in a civil union with) Linda Little. She popped the question via text the other day. I also ran into the damn sweet Jay Pantzis and Prince-William-look-a-like, David Groene. There was even a surprise hi and hello from former roommate Clydee; the charming Rollin’s Brothers ; DJ Ben Castaneda and the SERIOUSLY damn cute Kyle B.

As you can see, it was a splendid night and I made it home at a good hour. Have a GREAT weekend and enjoy the snow!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Chicago House Speaker Series Luncheon featuring, Madeleine Albright


Wednesday 1 Dec 2010

World AIDS Day

Every year, on December 1, World AIDS Day is celebrated around the globe. World AIDS Day reminds us all that HIV has not gone away - it's a day to raise awareness and remember those who have passed.

I always think of Robert E.`Ned' Behnke, who died of complications from AIDS in 1989. Ned was the first person I knew to have AIDS. To this day, his influence on the arts and the HIV/AIDS community is strong. His artwork (See photos) reminds me of the beauty that each individual has to contribute to this world.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago tells us that every 9 ½ minutes someone in America is infected with HIV. Most recently my life I’ve been impacted by HIV. My ex-boyfriend and dear friend Matthew Barrett learned that he was HIV positive. As you can well imagine this is a life changer and yet he has summoned his courage and resolved to educate and inspire others with his story.



I applaud Matthew for his public stand. That can’t be easy. Likewise I recall the bravery that my friend Jay showed when he told us about his diagnosis with HIV. I challenge you to educate yourself and learn from their lives.

Remember, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago hosts their annual World of Chocolate extravaganza this Thursday, December 2nd at the Chicago Hilton. (720 S. Michigan Ave.) Tickets can be purchased online.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Illinois Senate passes civil unions
Monday 29 Nov 2010

World of Chocolate

Didn't get enough sweets over the Thanksgiving Holiday? Not to worry, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago hosts their annual World of Chocolate extravaganza this Thursday, December 2nd at the Chicago Hilton. (720 S. Michigan Ave.)

This is such a fun Chicago tradition for the holiday season! Last year I was the lucky man to have my bosom friend David Cruse Beal fly in from Singapore to accompany me. (See Photo) This year, it looks like I will be joined by the equally as charming M.E. I promise to share photos later this week.

I’m been honored once again to be a judge for this festive event. Joining me in that honor is everyone’s favorite personality, Miss Foozie! We will be judging creations from popular Chicago sweet makers such as Blommer Chocolate Store, Cyndy's Sweet Treats, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, The Hearty Boys, and a personal favorite, Terry's Toffee. Last year fellow guest judge, Billy Dec did a little self-made video of his experience at the World of Chocolate:



Tickets are still available. Not a sweet freak? Not to worry, the AFC provides a tasty selection of comfort food for you to enjoy. There is also marvelous entertainment, a raffle, an open bar, and the opportunity to pick up festive holiday crafts and ornaments.

I hope to see you there!
Bill Pritchard

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