We salute the bravery, valor and courage of our family members in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year, PrideFest Milwaukee celebrates LGBT+ military inclusion with our Armed Forces Pride promotion.
We welcome all active and veteran military to enjoy free admission to PrideFest 2016 for themselves and a guest, for the entire three-day weekend.
Valid military ID is required for free admission for up to two adults for up to three days. (retail value $78.00). You must present your military ID each day at the Box Office window at the PrideFest Milwaukee Main Gate. No advance tickets or registration required. Standard reentry policy applies to all admissions.
Did you know? When PrideFest Milwaukee began in 1987, openly gay and lesbian citizens were not welcome in the Armed Forces.
The Department of Defense stated that “homosexuality is incompatible with military service.” Homosexual behavior was actually considered as dangerous a security risk as psychopathology. Being gay or lesbian meant being deeply closeted — and very brave. And the stakes were high: violators could be imprisoned, court-martialed and even dishonorably discharged. Many lives were ruined forever by a “blue discharge” — and many more were limited by the inability to live proud.
With the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the past decade, all American citizens can finally serve the United States — with pride in one’s country and pride in one’s self. Now, all soldiers can live equally proud in a changed world — with the exclusionary practices of the past quickly becoming just a painful memory.
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