Stonewall Stage

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

The Stonewall Stage is named for the June 1969 Stonewall riots, a rebellion against police raids in New York City and ultimately the watershed moment in the gay rights movement. The first gay pride marches were held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the riots.


Stonewall Stage Call for Proposals

Milwaukee Pride, Inc. is seeking proposals from presenters and speakers for our Stonewall Stage at PrideFest 2018. Proposals due April 1, 2018.

As in years past, we anticipate hosting about eight presentations in the afternoons at PrideFest 2018 on

Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10
Suggested topics

A selection of the educational domains in scope for the Stonewall Stage include:

  • Education, personal development, lifelong learning
  • Family, marriage, children
  • Healthy lifestyles, exercise, nutrition
  • Healthy romantic relationships, intimate partner violence
  • Sexual wellness, STI transmission prevention, consent
  • Volunteerism, community-building
  • Family law, civil rights and liberties
  • Financial wellness, money management, estate planning
  • Spiritual wellness, inclusive faith communities
  • Chronic illness prevention and management (HIV, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, etc.)
  • Healthy social relationships
  • Employment law, finding work, entrepreneurship
What should my presentation proposal include?

Programming on the Stonewall Stage should address a broad range of topics important to the LGBT+ community. They can be led by a single individual, a panel, or an organization.

Presenters may submit more than one proposal.

Your proposal Must Contain the Following
  1. A brief (50-150 words) Abstract of the presentation that could be used in marketing materials and online promotions. Your abstract must include the following:
    1. A summary of the presentation in plain language that specifically describes what you are presenting.
    2. A general outline of your presentation sequence from beginning to end.
    3. Your unique experience, certifications, or qualifications for presenting your session.
  2. An Expanded Description (200-500 words) of your planned approach to the presentation, from beginning to end. Indicate all activities in which attendees will be encouraged to participate, such as demonstrations, role plays, discussions, etc.
format options

The Stonewall Stage can support programs in a variety of formats: presentations, demonstrations, workshops, Q & As, panel discussions, artistic and theatrical performances, and film screenings.

Presentation length

Presentations may run from 45 to 75 minutes.

Presentations can be designed as standalone presentations, or as a part of a panel of presenters. We may consider combining single presentations with other compatible presentations.

A/V needs

If you require audio/visual equipment for your presentation, please make note of this in your proposal.

Non-commercial presentations only

Presentations from commercial organizations are acceptable; however, presentations must be non-commercial in nature, and not used to promote the sale of a product or service during the presentation.

Selection process

Proposals are selected to ensure the Stonewall Stage presents an engaging and diverse program in a non-promotional and objective manner. Note that you may be invited to present in formats other than the one you selected or those noted in the proposal submission form.

Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the proposal
  • Timeliness of subject: Is the presentation subject especially relevant, important, valuable, or interesting to the LGBT+ community?
  • Authority of the presenter(s): Does the presenter have enough knowledge and experience to address their topic, based on information provided in the proposal—or other available information about the presenter?
  • Strategies to “wow”: Will the session draw in and engage PrideFest attendees? Presentations should be memorable, unique, and compelling.
  • Strength of the qualifications and reputation of the presenter(s)
Proposals are due April 1, 2018

Please help us continue PrideFest’s tradition of linking communities, generations, and diverse groups.

To submit a proposal fill in form below