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LGBTQ+ Progress Awards

LGBTQ+ Progress Awards

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TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 1, 2021

The Shepherd Express is excited to celebrate LGBTQ+ progress in Milwaukee on Thursday, August 5th!

We have been proud to host the LGBTQ+ Progress Awards for the past seven years. This year we are setup for in-person celebration. We are committed to keeping our community safe and will be following all state and city COVID-19 regulations.

We are very excited to celebrate and honor all of the LGBTQ and allied individuals, organizations and businesses that help make the Milwaukee area a safe and inclusive community for everybody. The list of deserving nominees reflects decades of cumulative (and often unsung) activism, leadership and commitment to the betterment of the Milwaukee’s LGBTQ community, and, by extension, the greater community at large.


2020 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Read about all of the 2020 winners here.

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY SPONSORED BY UW Credit Union
2020 Honoree: Milwaukee PFLAG
Past Honorees: Brenda Coley and Dr. Sandra Jones (2019), Tommy Salzsieder (2018), Plymouth Church (2017), Saturday Softball Beer League (2016-Organization), Si Smits (2016-Individual)
UW Credit Union

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN PHILANTHROPY SPONSORED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN
2020 Honoree: Milmaids Bowling Tournament
Past Honorees: Cream City Foundation (2019) The Challenge Party (2018), Jack H. Smith (2017), Joseph R. Pabst (2016)
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN YOUTH ACTIVISM SPONSORED BY COURAGE MKE
2020 Honoree: Diverse & Resilient
Past Honorees: Pedro Perez Valdez (2019) and Celeste Guse (2018)
Courage MKE logo 2019

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN ACTIVISM SPONSORED BY DR. STEPHANIE MURPHY, DDS
2020 Honoree: Ellen Kozel
Past Honorees: Bill Meunier (2019), Mark Behar (2018), Lloyd Barbee (2017), Karen Gotzler (2016)
Stephanie Murphy logo

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN BUSINESS SPONSORED BY DIVERSE & RESILIENT
2020 Honoree: The Tool Shed
Past Honorees: This Is Is (2019), Mark Mariucci (2018), Carl M. Szatmary (2017), Bob Schmidt (2016), Ed Seaberg (2015)
Diverse & Resilient

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN ARTS & CULTURE SPONSORED BY MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
2020 Honoree: Antler
Past Honorees: MRS. FUN (Connie Grauer and Kim Zick) (2019), Carmen Murguia (2018), Mark Bucher (2017), Ruthie Keester (2016), Carl Bogner (2015)
Marcus Center For The Performing Arts

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN HEALTH AND HIV AWARENESS SPONSORED BY Vivent Health
2020 Honoree: CommonGround Ministry Elena's House
Past Honorees: ACT UP (Yuri Keegstra, Christopher Fons, et al) (2019), Tanya Atkinson (2018), Brady Street STD Clinic (2017), Jeff Kelly (2016), Doug Nelson (2015)

Vivent Health logo


PIONEER OF LGBTQ PROGRESS (NEW CATEGORY IN 2020) SPONSORED BY MILWAUKEE GAY SPORTS NETWORK
2020 Honoree:
Miss BJ Daniels
Milwaukee Gay Sports Network

VIEW THE 2020 VIRTUAL LGBTQ+ PROGRESS AWARDS:

HERE'S A RECAP OF THE 2019 EVENT: