BeOUT Milwaukee celebrates local LGBTQ visibility

NOH8Let’s celebrate the 30th Annual National Coming Out Day!

Milwaukee Pride strongly believes that coming out still matters.

Tonight, we honor the 30th Annual National Coming Out Day at BeOUT Milwaukee, a special happy hour event featuring the internationally recognized NOH8 Campaign.

BeOUT Milwaukee is a day for LGBTQ people to be seen, be heard, and be OUT in the local community, celebrating who you are and what you believe in.

How does BeOUT Milwaukee work?

  • Visit our BeOUT headquarters, the gorgeous LVL Events (801 S. 2nd St.) for a Happy Hour honoring local LGBTQ visibility.  Free first drink when you donate $5 to PFLAG Wisconsin, who have been supporting local LGBTQ people and their families for over three decades.
  • Take a stand against discrimination, bullying and anti-LGBTQ violence — purchase your very own NOH8 Resistance Photo.
  • Explore and support the local merchants, restaurants and bars of Historic Walker’s Point. Choose your own adventures — dinner, shopping or bar-hopping — in the neighborhood where pride was born! Earn a FREE PrideFest 2019 ticket for every $33 spent in the neighborhood!
  • Get registered to vote in the upcoming midterm elections — and learn about critical issues affecting LGBTQ voters locally and nationwide.
  • Learn about upcoming Milwaukee Pride events and engagements –including the new Stonewall Stage Talks series, the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project, the Wom!nz Spot DJ Battle and PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 — and how you can get involved in our local community!

LexAllenThis year’s honorees are:

Lex Allen:  After many years as a perennial PrideFest favorite performer, Lex Allen served a critical role in this year’s Diverse & Resilient “Colors in Bloom” campaign, which encourages self-love and self-acceptance as the foundation of a healthy identity.

Whether as an artist, performer or spokesperson, Lex relentlessly supports greater visibility, inclusion and representation of local queer and trans people of color.

Carla Anne Ernst:   In 2018, Carla shared her deeply personal journey to her best self in “Life Without Pockets: My Long Journey Into Womanhood.”

6. Carla Ernst Photo (1)Carla’s wish is to help others better understand and cope with the confusion, pain, and fear inherent in the transgender experience.

Her book elevates the voice and visibility of diverse transgender lives beyond our local arena, and serves as an inspiration for individuals everywhere who might be beginning their own transition — or doubting their own strength and resilience to do so.

Dr. Andrew Petroll and the Inclusion Health Clinic:  By ensuring access to the highest standards of culturally competent, compassionate, and comprehensive medical care, the Inclusion Health Clinic (840 N. 87th St.) of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin strengthens the overall health and wellness of our community.

DrAndrewPetroll (1)Historically, LGBTQ people have been reluctant to discuss their sexual or gender identities with their care providers, fearing discrimination, shame or other adverse reactions.  Milwaukee’s transgender and queer persons of color have long experienced barriers to the care they need.

The Inclusion Health Clinic will ensure that our community feels welcome and affirmed, while receiving medical care from providers who have the specific expertise and experience they need.

Milwaukee Pride will present the 2018 awards Thursday night at 7:30 P.M. at LVL Events.  Richard Whitaker of PFLAG Milwaukee will provide the keynote presentation.

“In these darkening political times, LGBTQ people need heroes more than ever,” said Michail Takach, vice president of Milwaukee Pride, Inc. “We cannot thank these community champions enough for lighting candles where there might otherwise be darkness.”

BeOUT is free, open to the public, and everyone is welcome; however, a nominal NOH8 Campaign donation is requested for an official photo.  All photos are first come, first served between 5pm-8pm and no advance registration is required.

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.

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 as FacebookTwitter 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.

National Coming Out Day, once a separate organization, is now part of the Human Rights Campaign.