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Say “Plus One” to support LGBT youth

Make a difference with your dollars! This year’s PrideFest Plus One campaign honors Pathfinders Q-BLOK for its relentless commitment to LGBT youth. [Read more…]

Sandra Bernhard -Sunday June 8, -7PM- Miller Lite Mainstage


New Improved Sandy…

Sandra Bernhard- A compelling performer who loves to engage her audience with personal provocative and deeply emotional content.

Sandra is a sports fanatic -Detroit Lions & Tigers. Venus and Serena Williams inspire her to take it to the limit. Her dog George, a rescue from Tennessee is a constant source of joy. Travel abroad, Morocco, Paris, London Rome – inspiring. Delicious food, free range, sustainable, farm to table is a passion. The word that best describes her lifestyle is Schawazee! On the move, a fastidious housekeeper, folder of laundry and organizer keeps her on point. Fashion comes into play but does not rule her in any way. Short car trips up the California coast clear her mind, but she keeps a New York state most of all. Up late up early. Humming whistling and on the move.

Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.

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Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking Without You I’m Nothing, ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name. The critically acclaimed I’m Still Here… Dammit! opened off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special. The New York Times described Bernhard as a “living, breathing bonfire” and applauded the show, calling it “an angst driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion.” In 2006, Bernhard’s Everything Bad and Beautiful also opened to raves. “Give the dame her due, it’s invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.” (New York Times, 6/06) Her most recent show, I Love Being Me, Don’t You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in Los Angeles. The album version of the show was released on Rooftop Records last fall, and she has been touring it with since. “She has chutzpah to spare, but it’s her articulate intelligence that earns our attention … It’s [her] combination of glamour and accessibility that accounts for Bernhard’s enduring appeal,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.

Sandra B-Mirror-2From 1991-1996 Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne. And she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them: Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: SVU, Will&Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Richard Pryor Show. She has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern’s since the early ‘80s.

Bernhard’s film credits include Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics, Nicholas Roeg’s Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare.

Bernhard’s music albums include: I’m Your Woman (Polygram, 1986), Excuses for Bad Behavior (Epic, 1994) and the world music album Whatever It Takes (Mi5). She has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters. Other notable performances include her participation in the Stormy Weather Benefit, the Rainforest Benefit, and The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares. “She has musicality to die for,” the L.A. Times wrote recently, “a voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness that can compellingly reinterpret the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” or just go nuts with “Lady Marmalade.”

Bernhard has also written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love, Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow,1998). Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy.

“A performer of stunning originality. Funny but foxy, super smart and slightly mad!” (WCBS) Bernhard’s live performances are a thrilling hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret. “The experience is like hanging out with a hip and funny friend who never fails to lift you up with her outrageous freedom.” (Los Angeles Times, 8/11)


Join the PrideFest Family of Weekend Volunteers

Volunteers are needed all weekend long to help in a variety of areas, such as ticket scanning at the gate, security checks, assisting patrons at the info booth, and more!

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Nominations Open for Milwaukee Pride Plus One Program

We here at Milwaukee Pride, Inc., are proud to announce that the PrideFest Milwaukee 2020 nominations for our single largest reinvestment initiative are now open.

Nominate YOUR favorite community organization to be the recipient of the Plus One Program at PrideFest Milwaukee 2020.

For the last six years, when festival goers purchased a ticket for Pridefest (either online or at the gate) they were offered the option to donate extra funds to the Plus One recipient. By doing so, several organizations over the years have been granted much needed funds to help with any organizational needs.

Efforts in 2019 awarded the UW-Milwaukee LGBTQ+ Resources Center over $21,000 in funding. Many, many thanks goes towards the incredibly generous community at large. You make a difference. Whatever is raised, is matched by Milwaukee Pride.

Do you have a worthy organization in mind? A group you feel would benefit greatly with extra funding? A service, you feel needs more exposure? Let us know by filling out the form below.

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It’s YOUR time to SHINE

Last year, PrideFest called on you to RISE! and remember the activism and bravery of the Stonewall uprising and the birth of the pride movement. This year, we want you to SHINE!

PrideFest wants the immense talent and spirit of our community to be on full display in 2020. If you have always wanted to show the world what you can do, we’re ready for you.

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to dance ON STAGE in the Dance Pavilion at PrideFest Milwaukee?

Well, consider yourself one step closer to making that happen.

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PrideFest 2020 Save The Date

PrideFest Milwaukee breaks attendance records for 8th consecutive year

Volunteers celebrate historic Pride Month in Milwaukee, New York

Milwaukee Pride, Inc., nonprofit parent of PrideFest Milwaukee, reports record-breaking attendance for the 2019 festival, held June 6-9 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee.

This year’s total confirmed festival attendance was 45,787, an increase of +1% over the 2018 total of 45,400.

The increase is especially significant, following this year’s cost-conscious decision to reduce Sunday hours and footprint in response to a three-year downtrend. These choices allowed festival operators and visitors to attend the largest Milwaukee Pride Parade in history, which also broke records with 133 parade entries.

The 2nd Annual Ride with Pride, presented in partnership with Harley-Davidson, also broke previous year records.  This year saw 300 riders participate in the world’s largest LGBTQ-themed motorcycle run, which roared through Milwaukee streets on Saturday, June 8.

This year’s PrideFest Plus One Campaign, benefiting future LGBTQ leaders via the UWM LGBT Resource Center, raised a record-breaking $10,419 in donations.  Milwaukee Pride will match these donations for a total gift of $20,838.  Since 2012, the PrideFest Plus One Campaign has raised over $60,000 for critical community causes.

“We are filled with gratitude for the unprecedented support from PrideFest Milwaukee visitors,” said Jennifer Murray, director of the UWM LGBT Resource Center. “By investing in the UW-Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center, you are helping us create a safer and more inclusive campus and the community at large through educational workshops, events fostering personal expression and outreach-based programming.”

“We look forward to furthering visibility for LGBTQ communities through education, programming and outreach on our campus and beyond. Thank you for investing in the next generation of LGBTQ leaders.”

The festival received significant local and national media coverage, including the festival’s first appearance on NBC’s Today Show, an extensive photo gallery in The Advocate, and an event recap on the Harley-Davidson corporate blog.

From Milwaukee Pride to WorldPride

For the first time ever, Milwaukee was represented at WorldPride 2019 among over 250 pride organizations worldwide. WorldPride, held this year in New York City in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, attracted over 4 million visitors.

Milwaukee Pride was proud to send a delegation of four volunteers to the event.  Delegates networked with Interpride members, attended speeches and presentations, and walked in the New York Pride March, now recognized as the largest pride parade in history.

Volunteers from the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project also attended key WorldPride activities, including a reunion of Stonewall Uprising survivors on Friday, June 28 and the first-ever Queer Liberation March on Sunday, June 30.

WorldPride and Pride Month 2019 concluded with closing ceremonies in Times Square — and Milwaukee Pride was there to support it!

Changing times

PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 was the swan song for veteran board member Michail Takach, who has resigned from the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors and his role as Vice President of Communications.  Since 2010, Michail has served Milwaukee Pride in a variety of brand marketing, PR, education and outreach roles.

Please join us in thanking Michail for his many contributions. He will continue to support Milwaukee Pride’s Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project as an author and curator.

2020 Festival Timeline

Planning for PrideFest Milwaukee 2020 is already under way!  Sponsors, entertainers, merchants, food and beverage vendors, and volunteers are encouraged to contact info@milwaukeepride.org for 2020 timeline information.

The dates for PrideFest Milwaukee 2020 will be announced this fall.

Start your engines for the 2nd Annual Ride with Pride

pin_harleydavidson_mkeThe world’s largest LGBTQ motorcycle ride is ready to roll! [Read more…]

Get your free hugs at PrideFest Milwaukee!

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Meet your elected officials at PrideFest Milwaukee

We’re creating an opportunity for your voice to be heard!

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Congratulations to our 2019 Pride Award winners!


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