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Saturday 12 Jun 2010

Koinonia with Kathy

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Milwaukee PrideFest:
What a night! Enjoying fellowship with the ChicagoPride.com team, the PERFECT Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen; the Feast of Fun boys, Marc & Fausto; the one and only Miss Foozie; and the divine Kathy Griffin!

Clearly Milwaukee PrideFest is one terrific time! There’s two more days of fun, fellowship, and FINE looking guys!

I’m off to NYC to join my Sainted Father at the Tony Awards!

XOXO
Bill Pritchard

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Sunday 30 May 2010

Grab This!

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Grabby’s:
Last night I attend the 19th Annual Grabby Awards at the Park West Theater. The Grabby’s celebrate the adult industry’s contribution to the community. And contribute they have; partnering with the Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) to raise money for HIV testing and education. In fact many of the Grabby Weekend events have had raffles that benefit TPAN.

As my friend Steve could tell you, the Grabby’s are always a silly time for me. Let’s face it, not all of us are into the whole adult film thing. What I can say is I really enjoy the dedication by Grabby producers Stacy Bridges and Mark Nagel of Grab Magazine to the Chicago LGBT community. Those boys have raised tons of dough and awareness for the things that matter. Of that we can all be proud of!

Hosted by the uber-thin and hilarious Chi Chi LaRue and Chicago’s own Honey West; the event was full of innuendo and indecent exposure. (Didn’t mind that at all) On a personal note, I have to say that Honey West is truly the real deal and a joy to listen to!

While there I enjoyed running into a number of pals in the industry; including Chicago’s Jayden Grey. Many will remember when Jayden started in the biz via an introduction to one Brent Corrigan from yours truly. The boy has really gone far and remained so damn sweet! Sadly Brent wasn’t able to attend last night as he’s been swamped in both mainstream and adult work these days. I’m super happy for all his successes. They are well deserved!

Spotted: Industry Favorite Matthew Rush, ChicagoPride.com’s own Anthony Meade, Seattle boys Brian M. Westbrook, Cute Richard Dunn, HOT Dustin Strop, and center square Bruce Vilanch. Check out the pictures from last night's fun, right here on ChicagoPride.com

Joining me in the debauchery was Advisor Edward, ChicagoPride.com’s own Paul Blackburn and our cute pal Matt M. Speaking of Debauchery, don’t miss out on said event, tonight at the Crimson Lounge in the Hotel SAX. (333 N. Dearborn).

Make all of your Memorial Day weekend plans by checking out CalendarQ!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 25 May 2010

Community Conversation

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Refreshing Education:
Last night I was asked to join four advisors and 16 students from the University of Minnesota at Ann Sather's on Belmont for nice evening of dinner and conversation. They are on a May Term LGBT Studies course/trip that looks at leadership and community organizing within the LGBT/queer community. Their three week trip, which started right here in Chicago will take them from Minneapolis to Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and finally on to Washington, DC.

The dinner was designed to get the students interacting with folks who are involved in LGBT media & publishing. Part of an initiative offering an integrated, year-long learning experience for undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota, this group of students represented intensive study and dialogue regarding LGBT issues with national leaders of LGBTA rights.

Also in the discussion was none other than Jorjet Harper and Emmanuel Garcia from Windy City Media Group. Jorjet was part of the team that developed the book Out and Proud in Chicago. She gave some refreshing historical perspective to the discussion. I am a big fan! Emmanuel shared about being a young activist and journalist at Windy City Times.

Joining the conversation with me from ChicagoPride.com was Executive Vice President and Content Chief, Steve Long. Clearly this is one damn smart man in media. I’ve often said how lucky we feel at ChicagoPride.com to have Steve at the helm. He is kind, compassionate, wise, and difference minded!

I really had a blast with these students. It’s damn refreshing to see tomorrow’s youth taking charge of their education and opportunity!

Happy Tuesday!
Bill Pritchard

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Wednesday 12 May 2010

50 Faggots

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QUEER is Here!:
Randall Jenson has been documenting the lives of well known and respected gay men New York, Washington, DC, and in our own Chicago community; including Cyon Flare, Jade, (RuPaul's Drag Race Season One) Choreographer Darrell Jones, Activist Roger Goodman, and Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion from the Feast of Fun show.

"50 Faggots" is the new web series that uses longitudinal, auto-ethnographic documentary filming and educates audiences with the unprecedented access to the lives and experiences of effeminate male activists, artists, professionals and educators perspectives rarely discussed within most cultures.

The series addresses the dearth of self-acceptance among effeminate men, young and old, with humorous anecdotes, important wisdom, and inspiring models of resilience. By offering individual alternatives to dominant constructions of American masculinity and heteronormative gay lifestyles, this film illuminates the on-going issues relevant to queer communities.

The first season, dedicates two years to documenting the stories of ten effeminate gay men. These men discuss their professional and personal lives, often in contradiction to communities that demand a rigid and binary definition of gender, particularly valuing patriarchy and an appropriate presentation of straight-acting masculinity.

This documentary series celebrates the differences among urban and rural environments, along racial, religious, and intergenerational lines. While the series allows each man to discuss the ways their personal effeminate expressions are negotiated in career, relationships, and communities, this documentary project creates national dialogue around the diversity of ways to truly "be" a man.

May 13th Randall Jensen, Cyon Flare, and Acid Betty are hosting the "50 Faggots Launch Party" at Hydrate Nightclub, featuring the full cast and many Chicago nightlife celebrities.

May 14th is the Chicago Premier at the Center on Halsted, featuring Chicago locals Cyon Flare, Jade, Darrell Jones, Roger Goodman, Marc Felion & Fausto Fernós. Afterwards there will be a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Melissa Bradshaw with the cast, Director Randall Jenson, and Editor Meredith Zielke. $7 in advance/ $10 at door. Doors open at 6:30pm, premiere at 7:00pm, reception at 8:45pm. For more information, visit www.50faggots.com or call The Center on Halsted at 773-472-6469 to make advance ticket purchases

Cheers Queers!
Bill Pritchard


Wednesday 5 May 2010

Family Circus

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Circus Act:
Without a doubt, Chicago House did it once again with their annual Spring Brunch & Fashion Show held at the Winter Garden room of the Harold Washington Library. (God, I love this room!)

With great speeches, fabulous fashions, and made-up models, there was enough excitement in the room for a life time. It really has to be said how impressive the work of Chicago House is in our community! They provide permanent, community-based housing, supportive services, and prevention outreach to individuals and families struggling with HIV/AIDS. Chicago House Chief Executive Officer Rev. Stan J. Sloan; Special Events Manager Jeremy Hilborn (See Photo Above) and countless volunteers seriously outdid themselves! Because of issues with the sound, Jeremy gave me a copy of Reverend Sloan's remarks. He also let me know that Sunday’s brunch featured 400+ attendees and raised over $100,000! BRAVO Chicago!

Joining me in the revelry was none other than my Besti and Modern Luxury Fashion Assistant, Isaiah Freeman-Schub. He is THE best to go to events with and makes it even more fun! Also on the scene was none other than DJ Phil DaBeatz spinning the sounds; the lovely Cyon Flare; and the talented Chicago Cabaret Project. Seated at our table was none other than DJ Matthew Harvat! I was especially enamored with the “wild life” at the event. My Gal-Pal Jake Conrad and uber-cutie Sam were complete animals!

Plan now to attend the 13th Annual Birdhouse Art Auction & Reception June 24th.

Momma Mia:
Enough can not be said about my Mom! She’s done SO much for me. I’ve never questioned her steadfast love and continue to rely on her daily for support. Along with my Father, she goes above and beyond the call of duty to see me succeed. I simply wouldn’t be who I am today without them both.

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!
Bill Pritchard


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