Events in the History of the LGBT Community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This section is intended to include Regular as well as Special events. Regular events are annual and other scheduled occurences such as leather titles, pageants, pride celebrations, sporting events, etc. Special, Historic and Landmark events will largely be major news stories, everything from the good (such as rallies, laws and ordinances, etc.), to the bad (such as police harassment, murders etc.)

Events connected to particular persons, organizations, businesses, etc. may be included both here and cross-referenced to mentions in those related sections.

One of the most significant but little-known events in Milwaukee is the Black Nite Brawl of August 5, 1961. Eight years before Stonewall raised awareness of the rights of LGBT people, Milwaukee had its own version of such an event.

  • Read about the event on the "Black Nite Brawl" page
  • Read about the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the Black Nite Brawl.

    General Events

    Special, Historic, and Landmark Events

    • Bar raids
    • Government relations
    • Laws and Ordinances
    • Plays and performing arts
    • Police harassment and relations
    • Tragedies

    Credits: web site concept, content and format by Don Schwamb.
    Last updated: July-2021.