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Thursday 14 Oct 2010

VOTE NAKED

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 (VoteNakedIllinois.org)
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 http://www.votenakedillinois.org/ 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 ChicagoPride.com; 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 ChicagoPride.com. 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 www.TheMonsterMash.weebly.com 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.

NOH8:
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 http://www.noh8campaign.com/

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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Friday 24 Sep 2010

Republican Pledge To America

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart breaks down the "Republican Pledge To America". Quite an eye opening look at history and future. Enjoy!











The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Postcards From the Pledge
http://www.thedailyshow.com/






Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party


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Thursday 23 Sep 2010

My Boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal

Forgive me for the blatant homosexual statement, but Jake Gyllenhall is DAMN FINE!

Now, I know that many in the “G” portion of the LGBT community have harbored hope that Mr. Gyllenhall secretly plays on our team. With the release (As it were.) of Brokeback Mountain (2005) many of us gays have rigid lust in our hearts for cutie-pie Jake .

Gay or not, Jake is pretty damn cute and I tend to like his movies. Believe it or not, I like them for more then the gratuitous sex and body shots. Well, that may not have been the whole case with Jar Head (2005).

Now our boy Jake has a new movie coming up called Love & Other Drugs co-staring the sweet Anne Hathaway. As you can see from the trailer below, the movie is a love story in the midst of the Viagra invention.

Needless to say; one would be hard pressed to not go and see the prominently unclothed Jake in all his glory; regardless of the storyline! The movie is due out November 24th just before Thanksgiving.

I’m sure we can make our plans to go see this movie firm!



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Tuesday 21 Sep 2010

Senator Al Franken is on our side

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Shortly after the Senate blocked a vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.



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