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Milwaukee LGBT Pride Celebration - 1988
"Rightfully Proud"
- At A Glance -
Dates:

September 10, 1988

Location:

Picnic and Rally
Mitchell Park Area #3 Pavilion

Attendance:

"several hundred people"

Guide:

format: (none)
pages: (n/a)

Firsts:

"first official Pride events"
included various events over 2 weeks of
September 10-24

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Prior to 1988, Pride celebrations in Milwaukee were hit and miss. Some pride-type events were being organized as early as 1973, but there was no consistency or organized planning from year to year.

It wasnít until the March on Washington in 1987 that a full-blown and formal Pride Movement took hold in Milwaukee. Having attended the march in the nationís capital, several people thought it was time to organize a major, gay/lesbian self-affirmation event. The first official Pride event, hosted by the new Milwaukee Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee (MLGPC), was held in 1988, with a Picnic and Rally (in Mitchell Park Area #3 Pavilion) on Saturday September 10, followed by many other events sponsored by other organizations over the next two weeks: a softball tournament at Mitchell Park, a formal ball, a town hall meeting with elected officials, and a film festival. Several hundred people participated in the various events.

There was no parade in 1988 however; that would wait until 1989.

The MGLPC Ad-Hoc committee was listed as including: Scott Andrews; Miriam Ben-Shalom; Derek Christiansen; Don Clabots; Jim English; Alan Eslinger; Scott Gunkel; John Hogen; Jerry Johnson; George Keen; Scooter Kennedy; Mike Lisowski; Bob Robison; Dennis Thomas; Bob Wegner; and Cheryl Williams.

 

 

Articles

Milwaukee Pride Celebration planned for September
(Wisconsin Light, volume 1, issue 4, page 1)
 
Milwaukee PrideFest planning
(In Step, volume 5, issue 7, pages 8+10)
 
Milwaukee PrideFest fundraiser
(In Step, volume 5, issue 8, pages 24 + 46)
 
Milwaukee PrideFest planning
(In Step, volume 5, issue 12, pages 10 + 12)
Milwaukee PrideFest fundraiser
(In Step, volume 5, issue 14, page 12)
Masthead & Cover Story: Milwaukee Lesbian Gay Pride Celebration logo incorporated with city skyline art
(In Step, volume 5, issue 15, page 2)
 
Schedule of Activities
(In Step, volume 5, issue 15, pages 26+27)
 
Additional information
(In Step, volume 5, issue 15, pages 28+29)
 

 
Pride celebration plans
(In Step, volume 5, issue 16, pages 26+28)
Ad for Pride Ball
(In Step, volume 5, issue 16, page 27)
'Awakening Pride' Poem written for ML/GPC Pride celebration, 1988, by Peggy Fernandez
(In Step, volume 5, issue 16, page 29)
Photo Spread: Milwaukee's 1st Annual Gay/ Lesbian Pride Celebration spanned a two week period
(In Step, volume 5, issue 17, pages 10+11)
 
Photos: Pride Dance, wrap-up to the 1st Milwaukee Gay/ Lesbian Pride Celebration
(In Step, volume 5, issue 18, pages 12)
 
Pride Committee Plans for 1989
(In Step, volume 5, issue 23, pages 14 + 16)
 

Credits: design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: December-2011.