Join Danica Roem at our 2018 Opening Ceremonies

danicaroem_pridefestmilwaukeeOpening Ceremonies admission is FREE when you Give Plus One ($1) to Diverse & Resilient.

Milwaukee Pride kicks off the 31st Annual PrideFest Milwaukee opening ceremonies at the Dance Pavilion on Friday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m.

The Board of Directors, as well as honored guests, elected officials, award winners and guest speakers, will commemorate this momentous occasion with a special admission offer.

To increase community access to PrideFest Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors is offering free admission with a $1 donation per person to the PrideFest Plus One Campaign.  This year’s campaign supports Diverse & Resilient, which impacts thousands of local LGBTQ lives every year with critical health care programs.

This limited time offer is valid only on Friday, June 8 and only between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Minimum admission during this promotional timeframe will be $1 per person of any age.   Standard admission and ticketing policies will be restored as of 4:31 p.m.

“Investing in the local LGBTQ community is central to our mission and purpose,” said Michail Takach, vice president of communications.  “With a $1 donation, our guests can make their own investment in a healthier, happier Milwaukee.  Every dollar will change a life.”

Run of show

Danica Roem, American journalist and politician, will serve as keynote speaker.  When elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, Danica became the first openly transgender individual to be elected and serve in any United States legislature.

Her opponent, incumbent Bob Marshall, was a lead sponsor on Virginia’s trans-exclusionary bathroom bill and Virginia’s bill to end same-sex marriage.

The 2018 Pride Awards will also be presented, including:

  • Individual:  Cormac Kehoe, local motorcycle enthusiast and grassroots founder of the 1st Annual Ride with Pride;
  • Ally:  Alderman Cavalier Johnson of the Milwaukee Common Council, who sponsored a critical ordinance to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy;
  • Organization: Queer Zine Archive Project, for preserving unique uncommon and diverse voices of the queer underground for 15 years;
  • Valor:  Nikko Nelson of Mequon, a trans woman recently elected prom queen by her high school classmates;
  • Legacy:  Jamie Taylor of Milwaukee, photographer for InStep Magazine from the 1980s-2000s and now administrator of the History of Gay Milwaukee Facebook group, which celebrates our shared heritage.

The Pride Awards are produced by C3 Designs, the official jeweler of PrideFest Milwaukee.

Please join us in celebrating these community heroes – and launching an exciting weekend of friends, family and fun at PrideFest Milwaukee 2018!

About Danica Roem

Danica Roem represents the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates including the City of Manassas Park, Town of Haymarket, and Prince William County portions of Manassas and Gainesville. Danica is a 33 year old step-mom, lifelong resident of Prince William County, and the former lead reporter of the Gainesville Times. She ran for office to bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond and to speak truth to power.

Danica’s inspiring and transformative campaign gained national and international attention.  Her victory was secured by sticking to the issues that matter most to her constituents, and never shying away from standing up for justice.  As the first out transgender woman elected to a state legislature, Danica is blazing a new and unique trail.

During her first legislative session this year, she was proud to champion bills important to her constituents, and to help expand Medicaid to 400,000 people across the state of Virginia.  She continues to fight every day for her constituents in the 13th District.

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