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Thursday 18 Nov 2010

Pills for the Weekend

Time and time again I’ve hear the saying, “Everybody’s working for the weekend”. Gosh, that is so damn true. Well, unless you’re a bartender or club owner; in which case your weekends are work.

Weekend! Just saying it makes my face grin. I even think of how my friends in London put the emphasis on the word end in week-end. For most, it’s a promise of a good time; a hot date, or two days off.

Some count the days off until the weekend arrives. Lately I’ve been doing the countdown with my vitamin case. From Monday until Friday I produce victory in taking my daily vitamin dose; much like an advent wreath at Church or the letter “X” on a calendar.

Well, today being Thursday; I am one happy camper. I hope you’ve got some fun plans for the weekend. You can always check out CalendarQ, right here on ChicagoPride.com, for all the latest events and community programs.

Happy almost weekend!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 15 Nov 2010

Use Condom Sense

For years we’ve heard the importance of using condoms. Their success rate is pretty substantial. Their ability to ward off unwanted pregnancy and diseases is a big benefit!

Sadly, many from all walks of life don’t use them. Their lists of excuses are often times longer than their appendages and yet the fact remains; condoms are a good choice for healthy behavior.

My sainted Father has been very active (As it were.) with Planned Parenthood of the greater Pacific Northwest since the early 70’s. His admonishment to all has always been about health and safety.

Sure, talking with ones parents about sexual issues may be a bit hard (No pun intended.) but, I have always been the lucky recipient of great education and support. Even now as the Planned Parenthood Board met this weekend, I know that a sizeable package (Leave it alone!) will follow shortly; filled with condoms for me.

Now, I am blessed to have a Father who cares for his kid. I’m not however able to use said condoms for the psychological picture that comes with it. “Hold on a moment, while I grab one of my Father’s condoms”. Not what one really wants to think of in the throw’s of passion.

So, I will continue to do the next best thing and give out said condoms to all my pals and new friends. “Hi I’m Bill Pritchard. Here’s my card and a condom.” I guess we could call that save networking!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 8 Nov 2010

GAY-La

Saturday night I attended the Chicago Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2010 Annual Gala at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Chicago. It was a nice time for a good cause!

Joining me in the fun were ChicagoPride.com’s President, R. Matthew Inawat; ChicagoPride.com blogger, Paul Blackburn; Mike Livingston, Vice President, in charge of Branding for ChicagoPride.com; Kinley Preston, ChicagoPride.com’s new Transgender Community Relations Representative and ChicagoPride.com photographer Anthony Meade.

Well, I don’t need to tell you that this bunch is all about the fun! We heard great remarks from recently re-elected Congressman, Mike Quigley and superb entertainment from Niki Haris. The uber-hot Luke Macfarlane was this year’s 2010 Visibility Award winner. Some of you might know Luke from ABC's Brothers and Sisters. His speech was just terrific and has us all liking him more.

HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

After the gala, Paul, Anthony, and me stopped by Downtown to check out the new digs. Once the occupied by Gentry Piano Bar; Downtown has come alive in what looks and feels like a new space. Owner, Brian and star-employee, Kenny (Very Cute!) took great care of us. I’m pretty sure I will be a regular.

Heading up North, we stopped into Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café where we were hosted by the WONDERFUL Linda Little (I heart her!) and the sweet Byron Green. (Damn Cute!) They take such perfect care of people!

It was a great night of fellowship and fun. I ran into Advisor Edward, Darryl, Evan Trad, Hot Ross; CUTE Facebook Friend, Joseph K.; my sweet friend, DJR.

Be sure to check out the HRC Gala photos, from everyone’s favorite photographer, Anthony.

Happy Day!

Bill Pritchard

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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 ChicagoPride.com boys Jefferson, Brock and ChicagoPride.com 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.

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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.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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