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Friday 16 Apr 2010

A Proud Son

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My Father:
I sit here today a very proud son. In an article titled Award Honors Work with Jailed Immigrants Barbara Huston tells readers of the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin about a man who has made the difference in countless lives around the world. That man is my Father, Llewelyn Pritchard.

Sharing how my Father discovered that the former Immigration and Naturalization Service jailed more people annually than do all the federal courts in the country; and how he helped raise millions of dollars to reform treatment of immigrants, Huston exposed my Father for the difference maker he really is.

Winning the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2010 Drinan Award earlier this year was truly a well deserved honor for my Father. Not only was it major accomplishment to receive one of the ABA’s highest honors, but it was made extra special because of the friendship that he and Bob Drinan shared.

In her article Huston mentions the gala in honor of my Mother and Father at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. As a family, we were honored to have life long friend, Bill Gates, Sr. give the keynote address. He said something I’ve grown to know about my sainted Parents; they are a “. . Institution of Public Service”. No truer words could be said about them both. If you ever wondered where I get the drive and possession to want to make a difference in this world; just watch them.

So blessed to have great parents,
Bill Pritchard

Don’t Miss Dining Out for Life April 29th.

 
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Tuesday 13 Apr 2010

PRIDE in the Fun

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The Feast is on!:
I can’t tell you how happy I am to report that Chicago’s own Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion, hosts of the Feast of Fun daily podcast have done it yet again!

They have won the 2009 People's Choice Podcast Award for Best GLBT Podcast. This is their fourth in what amounts to a great following of their daily show The Feast of Fun.

Fausto and Marc said via their Twitter page, “. . .We are still thrilled and excited to get this and we simply couldn't have done it without your votes.”. They join the ranks of other winners like People’s Choice ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football; Best Business NPR Planet Money; General This American Life; and Mature The Adam Carolla Podcast.

In this writer’s opinion, it could not have happened to two better guys. They make Chicago and the LGBT community look great!

Congrats boys!
Bill Pritchard

Cocktail’s 14th Anniversary party.

Wednesday 31 Mar 2010

The Census: Make It Count!

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One, Two, Three,:
For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau will include married same-sex spouses as part of its decennial count of American households and families.

This information, along with counts of unmarried same-sex partners that the Census has reported previously, will help produce a more accurate picture of LGBT people and our families in federal data. This data can play a crucial role in making the case for LGBT equality, as they can affect a range of policy and social service decisions.

Visit Our Families Count to find out more about the 2010 Census form today. Our Families Count’s mission is to educate and motivate all LGBT Americans and households to be visible in 2010, and to take part in the 2010 U.S. Census.

The U.S. Census is important to everyone. The information collected by the Census Bureau determines the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives as well as how federal dollars flow to the states and cities for health care, housing, and education. Census information is also used in the enforcement of civil rights laws in employment, housing, voting, lending, education, and the availability of bilingual ballots and interpreters at poll sites.

April 1st is the deadline for submission of your 2010 Census form. Fill out your 2010 Census form to accurately reflect your marital or relationship status.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

Roscoe’s 23rd Anniversary party with Frenchie Davis.

Tuesday 23 Mar 2010

Praise the DJ

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Hey Mister DJ:
Congratulations to Chicago’s own DJ Brett Locascio; one of four DJ’s being considered in the Gay Days DJ contest. There were over 200 DJ's looking for the coveted spinning spot at this years’ Gay Days in Orlando. The winner is chosen by audience votes - texts, tweets, and online voting

There are a number of ways to vote for Brett: 1. Send a text to the number 99503 with the word DJBRETT (it's free!). 2. Use the voting console on http://gayinternetradiolive.com. 3. Tweet DJBRETT to @Girlradio

In all fairness, I do want to also give a plug for my pal DJ Jerry Griffith. Many Hydrate goers know Jerry’s work! To vote for Jerry: 1. Send a text to the number 99503 with the word DJJERRY. 2. Use the voting console on http://gayinternetradiolive.com. 3. Tweet DJJERRY to @Girlradio

As much as I love great music and the magic that many of my DJ friends do in their work, I have no problem supporting these two great guys!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard


Thursday 11 Mar 2010

Ronnie Kroell in the nude

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Cover Model:
Okay girls (And probably a lot of boys) I have been inundated with calls, texts, and emails; asking me if there is any truth to the rumor that my friend Ronnie Kroell will be featured in Playgirl magazine.

ChicagoPride.com reported in January that Ronnie was in talks with Playgirl. Well, I got a call from Ronnie very early this morning confirming this is true.

Ronnie is one of my dearest friends; I think this can be another opportunity for Ronnie to show the world that gay people are just like everyone else.

At least now I can say publicly that I've seen him naked! (Laughs out loud)

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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