Stonewall Stage

The Stonewall Stage area hosts intimate performances and discussions on topics important to the LGBTQ community.  You will find it located on the southeast area of the grounds.


2017 Schedule

randyrainbow_pridefestmilwaukeeSaturday, June 10


Randy Rainbow Presentation and Discussion

Randy Rainbow is a comedian, actor, writer, host and internet celebrity best known for his series of satirical videos and political spoofs that have garnered international acclaim and millions of views.

His videos have appeared regularly on popular blogs Towleroad, Queerty, Perez Hilton and VH1’s Best Week Ever. Randy was a columnist for HX Magazine, one of New York’s most prominent gay publications, and has also written for Kathy Griffin.

He has hosted and performed in a number of theatrical concerts and benefits for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities, as well as hosted events for the Tony Awards and for some of New York City’s most popular nightspots, including 54 Below, XL Nightclub and Therapy NYC, where his own weekly show ran successfully for 2 years.


Women’s Voices Milwaukee

Women’s Voices Milwaukee provides a welcoming place to celebrate and empower all women and build bridges of understanding throughout the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight communities.

The group sings to entertain, inspire, and heal through the power of excellence in choral music. The choir, formed in 2005, is under the artistic direction of Lori Gilland.

New members are always welcome to our LGBT-affirming choir.


Saturday, June 104:30-5:30
LGBT Rights in 2017: Presentation and Discussion
What is the state of LGBT rights today?  Have shifts occurred in the past year?  What progress has been made, and what challenges do we continue to face?  Join Chris Ott, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (ACLU) and private attorney, Erin K. Fay of Oakton Avenue Law Offices, S.C., for a presentation and discussion on these and other questions.
Chris Ott
Chris Ott is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.  Ott, a native of Wisconsin, has also served as the communications director for the ACLU of Massachusetts in Boston for 10 years, and led the state LGBT rights organization Fair Wisconsin in the early 2000s.
Since 1920, the ACLU has been the nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU is best known for litigation efforts as the country’s largest public interest law organization; many of the ACLU’s ground-breaking cases have changed lives and made history.
Erin Fay
Erin Fay practices law throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, primarily in the Milwaukee Installed Pluginsand Waukesha Counties.  She works with LGBT (and straight) clients to secure second-
parent/step-parent adoptions, guardianships, and foster parent legal issues.  She helps couples navigate the legal waters to establish true marriage equality—from estate planning, power of attorney documents, pre-marital agreements and real estate ownership issues.
She also advocates for small business owners for setting up business associations, to operating agreements, contract negotiations, leasing, and intellectual property matters such as trademark and licensing.
Erin lives in Milwaukee, with her partner, Julie, and children, Andrew and Catherine.



Lucky Tomaszek: Ask the Sexpert

When it comes to sex, it seems like the more you learn, the more there is to learn.

Do you have a question or three about sexual health or pleasure? Wanna get an honest answer and a couple of good laughs?

Lucky Tomaszek, Tool Shed Education Coordinator, will collect anonymous questions from the audience and then answer them right there!

These events combine honesty and humor, while providing accurate, up-to-date information to anyone with questions.


Sunday, June 11

Meet the Brew City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

brewcity_pridefestmilwaukeeBorn from the Sisters of Perpetual Ingulgence, the Abbey of the Brew City Sisters started in 2008 wanting to bring comfort to the disturbed and disturb the comfort of others, to bring equal rights and a public awareness to Wisconsin.

The Abbey of the Brew City Sisters is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information to at-risk individuals and youth regarding critical health and community issues. 

Through outreach, education, community fund-raising and entertainment, they provide funding and assistance to organizations in need of financial elevation and public acknowledgement throughout the state of Wisconsin.  

The Sisters strive to make Wisconsin a better, safer and more equal place to live.


5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
FBI Presentation on Civil Rights, Including Hate Crime

fbi_pridefest_milwaukeeSince its earliest days, the FBI has helped protect the civil rights of the American people. Today, protecting civil rights remains one of its top priorities. The FBI is the primary federal agency responsible for investigating allegations regarding violations of federal civil rights statutes. These laws are designed to protect the civil rights of all persons—citizens and non-citizens alike—within U.S. territory.

Hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s Civil Rights program, not only because of the devastating impact they have on families and communities, but also because groups that preach hatred and intolerance can plant the seed of terrorism here in our country.

The Bureau investigates hundreds of these cases every year and works to detect and deter further incidents through law enforcement training, public outreach, and partnerships with a myriad of community groups.

Supervisory Special Agent Clay Wible of the FBI Milwaukee Division, is the lead agent for the investigation of federal Civil Rights violations in Wisconsin. Agent Wible will provide a presentation on Civil Rights crimes on June 11th at 5pm on the Stonewall Stage.


6:00-7:00, Lucky Tomaszek: Consent: Talking About Talking About It
Most sexuality educators agree that consent is the single most important part of any sexy encounter. Strangely, it’s often one of the least taught topics in sex ed. Join us for conversation about consent- what it is, how to ask for it, and how to give it freely. This is an engaging, interactive workshop designed to give each participate a chance to practice the language of consent.


freedomtomarry_pridefest_milwaukee7:00-10:00, The Freedom to Marry, a film by Eddie Rosenstein

Evan Wolfson, the architect of same-sex marriage, and his colleagues led a decades long battle to win rights for LGBT people, culminating dramatically at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Freedom to Marry is the surprising story of the most successful – and perhaps most inspiring – civil rights movement of our time.  

Curve Magazine called it “this summer’s hottest documentary” and Entertainment Weekly placed it on their Must List.   Don’t miss your chance to see this thought-provoking film free at PrideFest Milwaukee 2017!

Learn more about The Freedom to Marry on Facebook and Twitter.