Monday 1 Nov 2010

Painting the perfect Halloween

The late entertainer Danny Kaye once said, “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” He couldn’t have been more right!

Our boys Jefferson, Brock and bloggers, Timmy and Trevor stole the show at the 14th Annual Northalsted Halloween Parade, with their “human canvas” costume.

These fun-loving guys painted themselves from head to toe in white body paint; then supplied the colored paints and brushes for parade goers to use on them. Talk about creative! Not only was it colder than a witches wart, but they worked nonstop from 6 six to eight; dancing, posing for photos, and letting creeps & creepers paint all over them.

There were a number of times I was asked how much I was paying Timmy, Jefferson, Trevor and Brock. Lord knows they deserved it; for all the labor they put into it. Truth be told, they wanted to volunteer their time. That alone was perhaps the most impressive part of their efforts and they have my gratitude!

Check out all the photos from last weekend’s Hallowiener festivities today!

Happy Week!
Bill Pritchard

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Don’t miss the HRC Annual Gala November 6th.

Monday 25 Oct 2010

15 Years of Amy and Freddy

Last Saturday I was the guest of my dear friends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen at their fifteenth Anniversary show at the Mayne Stage.

What a perfect evening! They sang old favorites and some new ones too. Of course Amy was in great comedic form. I’ve said it many times before, but as talented as she is musically; she’s equally as gifted comically.

Not seen Amy & Freddy before? Well, check out this little diddy we performed a few weeks ago here in Chicago. (WARNING it’s vulgar and full of sexual innuendo.)

You can catch Amy & Freddy each Wednesday night at Rehab in Boystown.

Bill Pritchard

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Wednesday 20 Oct 2010

Purple Power!

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It Gets Better:
By now you’ve seen the countless posts on the internet saying, “It gets better”. I’m so happy to see so many getting on board for the youth and disenfranchised who might be or perceived to be gay lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

No matter what you identify as; you are a valuable person in this world. Your family may not see you as valuable. Your country may not see you as valuable, but you are! You will know that some day in your life! I promise.

No doubt, the recent teen suicides in the United States have given groups like The Trevor Project more notice in the media. According to research from The Trevor Project, LGBT teens are four times more likely to commit suicide than their straight counterparts. Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among 15 to 24-year-olds and is the second leading cause of death on college campuses.

The Trevor Project operates the nation's only 24-hour suicide and crisis prevention helpline (866-4-U-TREVOR) for LGBTQ youth. They also run TrevorChat, an online messaging service that connects young people with a counselor.

Today, October 20, 2010, the LGBT community is encouraged to wear purple, as part of a local event called Painting the Town Purple to raise awareness about LGBTQ bullying and suicide. I hope you will join in the fun and support!

Serving YOUth!
Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 14 Oct 2010


Equality Illinois, the state’s largest organization advocating for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, reminds us today of its innovative get-out-the-vote efforts, capitalizing on new changes (ANY registered voter can now vote absentee) in Illinois election law. The effort, in coalition with Roosevelt University and Rock-The-Vote is called Vote Naked Illinois.

Now there is zero excuse for folks not to vote. Voting absentee is so damn easy; one can even do it naked! Think about it, you’re in the privacy of your own home and wearing natures own; why not take a moment to impact your community!

Recent change in Illinois election law now makes it possible for voters to request no-excuse absentee ballots, allowing voters to cast a ballot from the privacy of their own home.

Voting by mail is easy:
1) Fill out an absentee ballot application (
2) Turn it into your county
3) When a ballot arrives in the mail, cast your votes and send it in.

Here's where Vote Naked Illinois comes in. You can go to to sign up and have a ballot application sent to you. Then, either mail it in...or even better, join or host a Vote Naked event! They collect ballot applications at these events and will turn them in all at once.

Fueled by a dynamic social media campaign, including; Vote Naked Illinois plans to turn out thousands of absentee ballots. The organization is also urging supporters to plan their own Vote Naked organizing events to encourage ballot applications.

Absentee ballot applications can be turned in until October 28 by mail and until November 1 in person. Vote Naked Illinois voter outreach services are available without regard to the voter’s political preference. Information or other assistance regarding registering or voting, including any services offered, shall not be withheld or refused on the basis of support for or opposition to particular candidates or a political party.

There it is! There’s now no excuse for not voting. As a member of the LGBT community I can ASSure you that we really need everyone to “come out” and vote in the next election. There are a number of folks who’d like nothing more than to revoke the rights we’ve won and prevent our future victories.

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Friday 8 Oct 2010

Coming Out to NOH8

Here we are, about to celebrate a three-day-weekend, and I’ve decided to make it a four-day-weekend. So, on this sunny day in Boystown, I’m working all day on the gay-job.

Without tooting my own horn; you’d be amazed at the amount of work that we put into I’m certainly not alone in this work and I’m sure you can tell that I’m proud as hell of our team!

So, what to do this weekend with all this time? Thankfully I don’t have too much I have to do. One thing I get to do is support my pal Trevor Mauro on the debut of his online/radio show, The Monster Mash this Friday night at 8PM. Be sure to tune in to 88.9FM here in Chicago or as you get ready for the evening.

Wonderfully the most of my weekend is unplanned. That’s pretty rare for me and although I can’t complain about the activities that I find myself doing on any given day, I welcome the break.

Chicago is all a twitter on the anticipated arrival of Adam and Jeff from the NOH8 Campaign! Plan now to attend the NOH8 Photoshoot this Monday from 12:00-7PM at the W Chicago City Center. This is your chance to show the world your support for equality! The cost is $40 per person/individual, $25 per person/group. Come camera ready and wear white, the NoH8 temporary tattoo and silver duct tape will be provided. Click here for more information or go to

National Coming Out Day:
Monday October 11th is National Coming Out Day. Join LGBT welcoming Urban Village Church at Sidetrack for Urban Village Church Comes Out: Hope in the Midst of Fear Urban Village is celebrating you, just as you are! Joined by local LGBT leaders and allies, come out and raise a glass or two with Chicago's new bold, inclusive faith community. This is a GREAT way to meet people and get involved!

Also that evening, Boystown’s new eatery, D.S. Tequila Company celebrates its Grand Opening. Clearly Monday is one festive day!

Happy Weekend!
Bill Pritchard

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