Milwaukee Pride donates over $23,000 to mission-critical causes

pridefest_milwaukee_pride_givesbackPride Gives Back Night honors LGBTQ community cornerstones

In honor of PrideFest 2018, the largest LGBTQ event in Wisconsin history, the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors has disbursed over $23,000 in financial donations, scholarships and gifts to local causes, including:

All beneficiaries, as well as the general public, are invited to Pride Gives Back Nighton Wednesday, August 22 at Rock Bottom Brewery (740 N. Plankinton Ave.) This special tapping event offers a cash bar and snacks, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting PrideFest 2019.  The event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome.

“While PrideFest may be our marquee event, the ability to generate financial support for other LGBTQ community organizations and programs is how we continue to bring people and efforts together all year long,” said Wes Shaver, president of Milwaukee Pride, Inc.  “We touched 45,000 lives at PrideFest 2018.  We hope that, by giving back to these critical local programs, we can touch 45,000 more before PrideFest 2019.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased to see so many deserving groups be awarded!”

Milwaukee Pride’s mission statement makes firm commitments to the LGBTQ community: to developing future leaders, to improving access to services, to celebrating our history and heritage, to creating learning, networking and activation opportunities. In fall 2018, Milwaukee Pride will assume custodial stewardship of the Wisconsin LGBT History Project as an outreach program of the organization.

This year’s community donations of $23,655 reflect a 48% increase over last year’s reinvestment of $16,000.  This is the largest single sum ever donated by Milwaukee Pride, Inc. / PrideFest Milwaukee.

Diverse & Resilient: local champion of community health

This year’s PrideFest Plus One campaign raised a record-breaking $6,100 in community donations, which were matched by the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors for a grand total donation of $12,200.

“Diverse and Resilient is thrilled to not only be the recipient of the Plus One donations, but to have Milwaukee Pride match all of the donations from the community,” said Gerry Coon, executive director of Diverse & Resilient.

“This is fantastic,” said Kathy Flores, D&R’s LGBTQ Anti-Violence program manager.  “This means that we can expand our LGBTQ youth campaign that reminds them that they are beautiful, loved and worthy just as they are.  It is so important that LGBTQ young people know this during these difficult times.”

Coon added “Milwaukee Pride and PrideFest are treasures in the Milwaukee and larger LGBTQ community.  We always know that no matter what is going on in the world, Milwaukee Pride and PrideFest will give us a reason and place to celebrate the beautiful and loving community we are.”

PrideFest Plus One nominations are currently being accepted for the 2019 festival season. The 2019 PrideFest Plus One honoree will be announced in January.

PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 dates will be announced in August.

Sponsors:  email us to schedule a meeting!

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Community Organizers, Entertainers, Marketplace merchants, Food & Beverage vendorsemail us and join the community experience!

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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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Furiously fighting for the freedom to marry

Wisconsin is now the only Great Lakes state where same-sex marriage is a crime punishable by law.

Although not enforced, Wisconsin Statue Statute 765.30 allows a penalty of up to $10,000 and nine months of imprisonment for citizens who enter out-of-state marriage licenses that would not be legally issued in Wisconsin. 

On February 3, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Mayer Brown filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, as well as the additional harm this legislation creates for the LGBT community.

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