Meet our 2014 VIP Weekend Experience winner!

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How did YOU make your moment?

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Together, we made our moment at PrideFest Milwaukee 2014 — and Wisconsin will never be the same!  [Read more…]

Share your Moments of Pride!

Moments matter.  Stories matter. Our history matters.  And, in celebration of our 27th anniversary, we’re announcing a daily ticket giveaway, celebrating YOUR moments in LGBT history!

From 1987 to 2013, we’ll be remembering the triumphs we shared as a community over the past 27 years. Each day, we’re counting down a year in our history — and asking you to share your story of what moments YOU made that year.

What did the year mean to you? What happened that year that you’ll never forget? Who were you then vs. who are you now?

One comment will be drawn each day, for a pair of PrideFest Milwaukee general admission tickets, so that you can MAKE YOUR MOMENT again with us this year! All winning entries will be added to our Facebook Timeline and become part of our community history!

Visit our Facebook page to share YOUR moments — and be sure to “like” and comment on your favorite stories!

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Say “Plus One” for marriage equality

Will 2014 be the year love wins in Wisconsin?

Seventeen U.S. states and the District of Columbia have already legalized same-sex marriage, with constitutional bans being challenged or overturned in additional states everyday.  And now, finally, Wisconsin might join the list!

ETpLR4e9On February 3, the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit against the same-sex marriage ban in our state, which not only bans marriage equality, but penalizes out-of-state same-sex marriages as a crime punishable by up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Read the ACLU press release here.

Meet the couples who are furiously fighting for YOUR freedom to marry.

PrideFest Milwaukee believes strongly in achieving marriage equality for all Wisconsin citizens.

That’s why we have selected the ACLU of Wisconsin as the beneficiary of our 2014 Plus One Campaign.   Ticketholders will have the option of saying “plus one” at the gates to donate an extra $1 directly to the ACLU.

 

While $1 may not seem like much, the combined power of the PrideFest Milwaukee community — almost 30,000 annual visitors — can truly make a difference and change our world.  We ask that all visitors consider the power of their extra dollars.   Additional donations may be made online at the ACLU of Wisconsin website.

BONUS: On April 4, Diamond Nexus; one of the largest online, lab-created engagement jewelers in the country; announced its official sponsorship of PrideFest Milwaukee, and its partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin Foundation in support of marriage equality. Diamond Nexus has committed to match donated dollars up to $10,000 to support the state effort.  Read the official Diamond Nexus press release.

As a sponsor of PrideFest Milwaukee, Diamond Nexus will also be sponsoring a celebratory commitment ceremony to be held during the June festival for couples, which will honor the eight Wisconsin couples named in the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation lawsuit.  Diamond Nexus is also unveiling its “Love Equally” collection, a unique collection of rings designed for the LGBT community.

What else can you do to support the #FreedomToMarry?

  • Follow the ACLU of Wisconsin on Facebook, Twitter and email newsletter.
  • Educate yourself, your friends and your family on the legal battle.
  • Share updates as they become available, through email and social media.
  • Be visible and vocal in supporting marriage equality — online, offline  and everywhere!

The ACLU of Wisconsin might invite additional couples to share their personal testimonials in this case.  Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

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Big Freedia: Saturday, June 7 -8:30PM – Miller Lite MainStage

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Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). [Read more…]

Lisa Lampanelli: Sunday, June 8 – 8:30PM – Miller Lite MainStage

 

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Lisa Lampanelli is Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean.

Heralded as “more than a standup — a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen.

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Mary Lambert Saturday June 7- 7PM -Miller Lite Mainstage

 

Performer-Announcement-Tiles-M-Lambert Mary Lambert is good at two things; crying and singing.

Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP Letters Don’t Talk. The collection of songs, released in 2012, established Mary as a formidable Seattle artist and caught the attention of local hip-hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with whom she wrote and sang the same-sex rights anthem “Same Love”.

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Chad Michaels – Friday June 6 – 7:15PM -Miller Lite Mainstage

 

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Chad Michaels

September 2012, Chad joined the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars which pits the best Drag Queens in the business against each other. Needless to say, Chad rose to the top and became the winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize, and was the first person to be inducted into the “Drag Queen Hall of Fame”!

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We proudly present our 2014 headliners!

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Lisa Lampanelli. Sandra Bernhard. Macy Gray. Chad Michaels. Steve Grand. Mary Lambert. Bruce Vilanch. Big Freedia. And many, many more!

PrideFest Milwaukee is proud to welcome these talented entertainers to Henry W. Maier Festival Park June 6, 7 and 8 for the nation’s largest showcase of LGBT talent. [Read more…]

Headliners to be announced Monday, March 10

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