Meet the 2016 VIP Weekend Experience winner

JamesCongratulations to James Mielke, whose name was drawn from over 10,000 contest entries.

“Growing up in a small town, I was pretty sheltered,” said James.  “It wasn’t until my first PrideFest in 2007 as a senior in high school that I learned more about the LGBTQ community. At the time, I thought maybe I was an adorable butch lesbian but it didn’t feel quite right.”

“PrideFest helped me realize who I really am, that being a handsome young man born into the wrong body. Being able to see and talk to others in a safe and happy space made it easier for me to transition, despite being so far removed from the community, due to distance. I always look forward to catching up with friends and meeting new people at Pride.”

“Sadly, this year will be our last Milwaukee Pride for a little bit, as we are moving out west in the fall. We wanted to make this year special, because of that, but PrideFest surprised us.”

“I feel so honored and lucky to have been chosen for the VIP experience. This is, for sure, going to be to best PrideFest yet! Thank you again for everything: from picking me as a winner, to all the volunteers that make PrideFest happen and the support system it brings to those that need it.”

James will receive:

  • VIP weekend passes (2) to PrideFest 2015, including free admission all weekend and unlimited access to the VIP deck at the Miller Oasis, which offers complimentary refreshments and unparalleled views of headliners on the Miller Mainstage;
  • 3 nights at the Doubletree Milwaukee Downtown, our official hotel for PrideFest 2016, including early Friday check-in and Monday morning check-out;
  • Backstage Meet & Greet photo sessions with participating headliner acts;
  • PrideFest Welcome Package, including souvenir t-shirts, hotel welcome cocktails, and special extras!

Want to win the 2017 VIP Weekend Experience contest?  Enter now!