Milwaukee Pride strongly believes that coming out still matters.
On Tuesday, October 11, we will honor National Coming Out Day with our first-ever BeOUT Milwaukee celebration! Join us in welcoming the NOH8 Campaign, our internationally recognized Proud Partner, as we join forces to promote the power of LGBTQ visibility.
What is BeOUT Milwaukee? It’s a day to be seen, be heard, and be OUT in the community for who you are and what you believe in. It’s a day to show our pride in how far we’ve come — and honor how we got here!
How does BeOUT Milwaukee work?
- Check in at 5 p.m. at our BeOUT headquarters, the gorgeous new South Second (838 S. 2nd St.) where you can pick up your neighborhood map, enter our BeOUT prize drawing, dance to the sounds of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s DJ Dori Zori, and enjoy a cash bar and complimentary desserts.
- Explore and support the local merchants, restaurants and bars of Historic Walker’s Point. Choose your own adventures — dinner, shopping or bar-hopping — in this diverse and dynamic neighborhood!
- Enjoy FREE neighborhood walking tours, courtesy of Historic Milwaukee, Inc. All tours leave South Second (838 S. 2nd St.) at 5:30 p.m. (Advance registration required.)
- Take a stand against discrimination and bullying — schedule your very own NOH8 Protest Photo.
- Be visible. Be counted. Make an minimum $10 #BeOUTMKE donation to Milwaukee Pride, Inc. in your name or in the name of a loved one, and your name/s will be included on our BeOUT banner at next year’s Milwaukee Pride Parade!
- Join Milwaukee Pride, PFLAG Milwaukee and our Proud Partners at 8 P.M. for a community reception, as we award our first-ever BeOUT Award for LGBTQ Visibility.
No admission tickets are required for this progressive event; however, a nominal NOH8 Campaign donation is required for an official photo.
This year, we’ve selected Historic Walker’s Point as our BeOUT destination neighborhood. Known as the social center of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ community for decades, Walker’s Point is more than just bars. The neighborhood is experiencing a remarkable renaissance that has added vibrant, nationally-recognized new restaurants, unique and eclectic merchants, and stunning new working and living spaces to the landscape.
We’re welcoming Walker’s Point business owners to donate 10% of their sales during BeOUT Milwaukee hours (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.) to Milwaukee Pride’s LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Fund, which provides critical financial support to local organizations and events, including Pride Discovery Camp, UWM Drag Show, Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference, Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival and Courage Milwaukee.
All donations will directly impact youth programs here in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Pride, Inc.is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization compliant with all State of Wisconsin and IRS rules.
“Pride is more than just a weekend,” said Karina Willes of the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors. “To support those who are living with doubt and fear, we need to be visible and present throughout the year. On National Coming Out Day, we ask everyone to simply BE OUT, be together, and be united. We must be loud with our pride to overcome those who seek to silence us.”
Many thanks to our project partners 88nine Radio Milwaukee, Historic Milwaukee, Inc., PFLAG Wisconsin and the NOH8 Campaign for making BeOUT Milwaukee possible.
Milwaukee Pride seeks sponsors, donors and volunteers to support this new celebration. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the NOH8 Campaign
The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by bullying, discrimination and exclusionary legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
Seven years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 55,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more from across the globe. The message of ‘No Hate’ can be interpreted and applied broadly, and everyone can relate to the message of NOH8 in their own way.
The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, and has appeared in various local and national news programs and publications. The images are widely used on various social networking sites such asFacebook, Twitter and Instagram to proudly show support for equal rights.
To date, NOH8 Campaign has hosted official photo shoots in 48 of the 50 United States (plus D.C.) and 20 countries around the world. While our work continues here in the US, we recognize that there are still places around the world where simply being who you are means living in fear for your life every single day. NOH8 will continue to promote love, acceptance and respect for all human beings will continue in pursuit of #NOH8Worldwide.
About National Coming Out Day
Since 1988, National Coming Out Day has been observed annually on the anniversary of the Second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
The international event, which has been observed in all 50 U.S. states since 1990, is intended to raise awareness and support for LGBT individuals worldwide. The original celebration encouraged gays and lesbians to wear symbols of pride, such as rainbow flags and pink triangles.
Originally, activists used National Coming Out Day to target closeted celebrities, political officials, and media personalities, challenging them to “come out” and make a commitment to their community. Today, the campaign focused on the social, emotional, and physical wellness factors of the “coming out” process, particularly for LGBT youth.
About Historic Walker’s Point
Milwaukee Pride is proud to name the NOH8 Campaign among its Proud Partners. Together, we will stand proud against bullying, discrimination and exclusionary legislation that seeks to silence and erase the LGBTQ community.