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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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Tuesday 21 Sep 2010

Get NAKED

Equality Illinois, the state’s largest organization advocating for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, announced the launch 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 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 from September 23 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.

This Friday stop on by Minibar Ultra Lounge and Cafe and join the Minibar Boys as they fill out vote by mail applications. Ultimat Vodka will be hosting a cocktail reception from 9-11PM.

Let’s get naked!


 



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Friday 27 Aug 2010

Equality Illinois Pie Toss!

This Saturday, Equality Illinois presents its 2nd Annual Pie Toss at Boystown favorite, Sidetrack.

This event has become a summertime favorite! Join us from 1:00-4:00 p.m. as we bid on the right to toss pies in the face of some of the biggest names in the Chicago community.

Those slated to be "pied" include politicians, business owners, community activists, and other familiar faces. Last year I was impaled with one myself.

I hope to see you there!



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Thursday 26 Aug 2010

Bar AIDS

Don't forget tonight's Bar AIDS event, taking place throughout Boystown, Andersonville, and Chicago today. 

Started here in Chicago in 2004 and modeled after the very successful Dining Out for Life program, Bar AIDS is a fun and festive philanthropic evening wherein participating bars will donate a portion of the night's proceeds to EdgeAlliance and AIDSCare Progressive Services, an 18-year-old Chicago non-profit organization.

This year's Bar AIDS has over 30 participating venues (See below) from all over the city. Organizers have also established a Text-To-Give Program where you can give a $10.00 donation by texting EDGE to 85944 then reply Yes to confirm your donation. All Text-To-Give donations are entered into the Bar AIDS Raffle.

For more information visit baraids.org

2010 Participating Pubs, Coffee Shops, & Juice Bars:


Crew Bar & Grill
4804 N Broadway
(773) 784-2739


Gold (No Cover Charge)


Berlin
954 W Belmont
(773) 348-4975


Butch McGuire's Tavern and Grill
20 W Division
(312) 337-9080


Cocktail Chicago
3359 N Halsted
(773) 477-1420


The Flat Iron
1565 N Milwaukee
(773) 365-9000


Jackhammer
6406 N Clark
(773) 743-5772


The Motel Bar
600 W Chicago
(312) 822-2900


Nick's Beer Garden
1516 N Milwaukee
(773) 252-1155


Nick's on Wilson
1140 W Wilson
(773) 271-1155


Nick's Uptown
4015 N Sheridan
(773) 975-1155


Paris in Chicago
3310 N Halsted
(773) 883-7288


Spin Nightclub
800 W Belmont
(773) 327-7711


Velvet Rope
728 W Lake
(708) 358-8844


Silver ($10 Cover Charge)


Butterfly Social Club
722 W Grand Ave
(312) 666-1695


The Call
1547 W Bryn Mawr
(773) 334-2525


Cans Bar and Canteen
1640 N Damen
(773) 227-2277


Charlie's Chicago
3726 N Broadway
(773) 871-8887


Crimson Lounge
333 N Dearborn
(312) 923-2473


D.S. Tequila Company
3352 N Halsted
(773) 697-9127


Fat Cat
4840 N Broadway
(773) 506-3100


Flounders
2201 N Clybourn
(773) 472-9920


The Funky Buddha Lounge
728 W Grand Ave
(312) 666-1695


The Glenwood
6962 N Glenwood
(773) 764-7363


Joie de Vine
1744 W Balmoral
(773) 989-6846


Landmark Grill + Lounge
1633 N Halsted
(312) 587-1600


Mary's Attic
5400 N Clark
(773) 784-6969


Red Kiva
1108 W Randolph
(312) 226-5577


Rehab Lounge
3641 N Halsted
(773) 325-2233


Roscoe's Tavern
3356 N Halsted
(773) 281-3355


Salud Tequila Lounge
1471 N Milwaukee
(773) 235-5577


Scarlet
3320 Halsted
(773) 348-1053


Scot's
1829 W Montrose
(773) 528-3253


Sofo Bar
4923 N Clark
(773) 784-7636


Subterranean
2011 W North
(773) 964-9150


T's Restaurant and Bar
5025 N Clark
(773) 784-6000


Three Peas Art Lounge
75 E 16th Street
(312) 624-9414


Touche
6412 N Clark
(773) 465-7400


The Village Tap
2055 W Roscoe
(773) 883-0817



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Tuesday 24 Aug 2010

PRETTY Smart Guys!

Without fail, I’m always impressed when I fellowship with smart people. They have a way of showing me that I’ve got a lot to learn. Add to that the joy of good looks and you’re really in for a fun time.

Such a time was had this last Sunday as I partook in a rare Sunday afternoon/evening of fun. I usually enjoy Sunday’s to myself, but the sunny weather helped play a role in my frolic.

I met up with my pals Erik and Paul for lunch at Pastoral on Broadway. Talk about THE perfect place to enjoy eats and treats. They have everything a guy could want from cheeses to meats, wines, and breads. Their outdoor seating area was perfect for an afternoon lunch.

Afterwards Erik and I headed over to D.S.Tequila to fellowship with my friend Mike and his friend Rick. As the festive drinks flowed and the tasty tacos arrived, we all caught up and got to know one another. Like I said, I love to hangout with smart people!

From there we enjoyed a few libations and silly notes over at Male Call with Frita Lay at Roscoe’s. I’d forgotten how much fun it can be to go cruising whilst enjoying the company of friends. We sure had a lot of fun and Mike was force feeding me popcorn most of the night.

On my way home I did the smart maneuver and popped in to Wakamono for a bit of takeout. Its a bit dangerous for me to now know that I can get takeout from there any time my tummy thinks of it. YUM! As I waited for my order I grabbed a glass of white wine with uber-cute bartender Derek. He is always so damn sweet to people!

Closing out the evening I was reminded how much I enjoy a Sunday night out and about.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard



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