PrideFest History


PrideFest 30


This building is located just north of the Dance Pavilion, and is host to our LGBTQ history exhibit.

2017 History Exhibit Sponsored by Milwaukee Gay Sports Network.


UW-Milwaukee Archives and Special Collections will be highlighting their substantial LGBTQ Collections including the history of PrideFest Milwaukee. Visit the display to learn how Milwaukee’s LGBTQ community has found its voice from Stonewall to PrideFest’s 30th year!

Be sure to catch archival news footage of past Pride festivities, get your hands on recreated vintage Pride buttons, and learn more about how you can #ArchiveYourPride!







Visit the ACLU of Wisconsin at the history exhibit!

PrideFest is honored to welcome back the ACLU of Wisconsin, as they head up the 2017 PrideFest History building with their amazing photo exhibit Our TRANS family as well as thier LGBT history exhibit.

Be sure to pick up some free ACLU swag while you’re there!

Our TRANS Family is an exhibit of 20+ images of transgender people and their families.  This project is a partnership with Cream City Foundation, the major financial supporter for the project.  Additional support has been provided by Diverse and Resilient and the Mary Nohl Foundation which identified the photographers as “Artists in Residence”.

The exhibit is available for organizations and galleries to help inform the discussion regarding this marginalized population.  Contact Jeff Pearcy at for details.


Also be on the lookout for “Images of Modern America – LGBT Milwaukee” by Michail Takach. A great history of people and places (some long gone) that shaped Milwaukee’s LGBT community. Books will be for sale in the History building.



Michail Takach: The forgotten LGBT history of Milwaukee