Milwaukee Pride celebrates LGBT History Month

pride98This month, we’re kicking off a series of feature stories on our local history and heritage.

Maybe you’ve seen the Milwaukee Pride Timeline at the PrideFest History tent.  Maybe you saw the City of Festivals exhibit this summer at the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  And maybe you’ve spent hours exploring our heritage at the Wisconsin GLBT History Project website.

But how much do you really know about local LGBT+ history?

Since 1994, October has been observed as  LGBT History Month, now supported by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, Equality Forum and other organizations.   This year, Equality Forum is celebrating 31 icons in 31 days with a daily video series that we’ll also be sharing on our website.

In most cultures, LGBT history is unspoken or underground history — not taught in schools, not shared in religious settings, and not discussed between parents and children.  For this reason, it is critical that LGBT history not only be documented and preserved, but broadcast far and wide so that all members of our community can live proud.

Milwaukee Pride, Inc. strongly believes in the power of educating our community on LGBT+ culture.  In line with our mission and purpose, we are launching a monthly series of feature stories on Milwaukee’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history, going back to our 1987 origins as the Milwaukee Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee — and beyond!

At the same time, the PrideFest History Project needs you!  Our exhibit needs ideas, people and passion to make the 2016 exhibit more engaging and exciting than ever.  We’re also looking for volunteers willing to not only staff the event, but staff outreach opportunities that extend the reach and impact of LGBT+ history throughout the year!  Interested? Would you like to know more? Please contact info@pridefest.com today.

Do you have memorabilia — or just memories — that you’d like to share? Want to reconnect with old friends — or make new ones?  Join the conversation at the History of Gay Milwaukee Facebook group and connect with others exploring Milwaukee’s past!

Together, we can celebrate our shared community and culture and build a rich remembrance for the next generation of LGBT+ leaders.  Our future depends on you!

The Wisconsin GLBT History Project is a self-funded, community-driven project devoted to documenting the evolving face of local gay and lesbian life. We are honored to be affiliated with this important and irreplaceable historical initiative.

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