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LGBTQ+ Progress Awards

LGBTQ+ Progress Awards

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This year, the Shepherd Express LGBTQ+ Progress Awards returns as a live event on Thursday, August 5 at Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. As in past years, a committee of activists chose the winners for their pioneering struggle for social justice and inclusion.

For nearly 40 years the Shepherd Express has celebrated diversity and social justice each week in print and, in recent years, daily online. Fair play and civil liberties for LGBTQ+ people have been part of our mission long before the mainstream media adopted those issues. The Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have persevered in the struggle for the dignity of LGBTQ people in Greater Milwaukee, especially in those times when their rights were not generally accepted by the public and their recognition was hard fought.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW THROUGH JULY 28
Individual Ticket: $65
Half Table (4 seats): $240
Full Table (8 seats): $440

**Limited seating. ALL winners receive a FREE seat at the event.**

EVENT TIMELINE:
5:00-6:00pm Cocktail Hour
6:15-7:00pm Dinner
7:00-8:00pm Awards Presentation


2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Read about all of the 2021 winners here.

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN EQUALITY 
2021 Honoree: FORGE
Past Honorees: Milwaukee PFLAG (2020), Brenda Coley and Dr. Sandra Jones (2019), Tommy Salzsieder (2018), Plymouth Church (2017), Saturday Softball Beer League (2016-Organization), Si Smits (2016-Individual)
Medical College of WI MYB

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN PHILANTHROPY 
2021 Honoree: Erv Uecker & Ross Walker
Past Honorees: Milmaids Bowling Tournament (2020), Cream City Foundation (2019) The Challenge Party (2018), Jack H. Smith (2017), Joseph R. Pabst (2016)
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN ACTIVISM 
2021 Honoree: Broderick Pearson
Past Honorees: Ellen Kozel (2020), Bill Meunier (2019), Mark Behar (2018), Lloyd Barbee (2017), Karen Gotzler (2016)
Diverse & Resilient

LGBTQ PROGRESS IN BUSINESS 
2021 Honoree: Walker's Pint
Past Honorees: The Tool Shed (2020), This Is Is (2019), Mark Mariucci (2018), Carl M. Szatmary (2017), Bob Schmidt (2016), Ed Seaberg (2015)
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LGBTQ PROGRESS IN HEALTH
2021 Honoree: GALANO Recovery Club
Past Honorees: CommonGround Ministry Elena's House (2020), 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 
2021 Honoree: 
Robert “Bim” Florek
Past Honorees: Miss BJ Daniels (2020)
Milwaukee Gay Sports Network

PROGRESS IN LGBTQ ARTS
2021 Honoree: Jamakaya
Past Honorees: Antler (2020), Mrs. Fun (2019), Carmen Murguia (2018), Mark Bucher (2017), Ruthie Keester (2016), Carl Bogner (2015)

Marcus Center For The Performing Arts

PROGRESS IN LGBTQ EDUCATION (NEW CATEGORY IN 2021)
2021 Honoree:
 Jennifer Murray, MPH
UW Credit Union logo

Thank you to our additional sponsors:

Gruber Law Offices     Organization Development Consultants     Unordinary Omen

VIEW THE 2020 VIRTUAL LGBTQ+ PROGRESS AWARDS:

HERE'S A RECAP OF THE 2019 EVENT: