Brady Street will kick off Pride month Saturday, June 2 with what is believed to be Milwaukee’s first drag pub crawl, hosted by Chanel D’Vine and Nomad World Pub. more


Winners in the LGBTQ category for Best of Milwaukee 2017 including subcategories like Best Drag Show, LGBTQ-Friendly Business and more. more

Best of Milwaukee 2017

Recommended by the CDC to reduce the spread of HIV, PrEP can lower the rate of infection by nearly 90%, but, while PrEP awareness is well established on the coasts, it is significantly lower in the Midwest—especially among racial minorities. more

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Paul Masterson reflects on 2017 and makes a New Year’s resolution: “I’ll strive to put the ‘unity’ back in ‘Community’ and to be kind to all … but, if they’re Republicans, to Hell with them!” more


Each week, the Shepherd Express publicizes and promotes gatherings, demonstrations and activities that peacefully push back against the discriminatory and reactionary actions and policies of the Trump administration. This week’s events incl... more

Saving Our Democracy

The Trump resistance movement will continue with an inauguration protest to be held on Friday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m. in Red Arrow Park in Downtown Milwaukee, which is organized by the Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump. more

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Tomorrow night,the UWM Union Cinema (2200 E Kenwood Blvd) will host a screening of one of themost anticipated films of the 31st annual LGBT Film/Video Festival, Political Animals .The filmcelebrates the legendary civil rights victories.. more


“The huge underreporting of hate crimes makes us keenly aware that many victims find no confidence in the legal system to provide them justice when they have been victimized,” said Reggie Jackson of America’s Black Holocaust Museum. more

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In his new book, LGBTMilwaukee, Michail Takach takes a look at a one of the more under-examinedMilwaukee communities. While work on ethnic groups and neighborhoods abound,work on the city’s gay and lesbian community was scattered. Working with .. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

No surprise that Donald Trump’s reaction to the Orlando shooting managed to combine three of his favorite topics—hatred of immigrants, hatred of Muslims and love of himself. more

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We are saddened and outraged by the horrific attack on innocent club-goers in Orlando. more

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Blondie kept the party going with covers of Prince, The Beastie Boys and The Misfits Sunday night. more

Concert Reviews

Progress is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about LGBT issues. For the second year, the Shepherd Express honors community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of the city’s gay, lesbian and trans residents with th... more

Around MKE

It’s official: The outdoor music season is upon us, with numerous music-infused events taking place around Milwaukee this month. more

This Week in Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s LGBT community should support Justice JoAnne Kloppenburg for the State Supreme Court over incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley, given the latter’s extreme conservative views and past homophobic writings. more

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Milwaukee's PrideFest is one of the nation's more entertainment-minded LGBT festivals, and it has a long history of booking prestigious headliners. This year it can add another one to the books: pop/New Wave/punk icons Blondie will headline the fi.. more

On Music

OneWisconsin Now has done us all a huge service by digging up the college writingsof Rebecca Bradley, temporarily on the state Supreme Court and seeking a full 10-yearterm. Yesterday,OWN revealed that Bradley, then known as Rebecca Grassl, h.. more

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Ruthie answers a question from a raeder whose husband objects to their getting a dog, and plugs exciting events including MAM After Dark: Quiet Clubbing at Milwaukee Art Museum, Feb. 19; Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference at Hyatt Regenc... more

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Reflections on the good and bad of the recent Iowa Caucuses and the Republican presidential candidates from an LGBT point of view. more

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I missed Bisexual Visibility Day. It was Sept. 23. Actually, there was a day-of mention of it on PrideFest’s social media feed and later, sometime in the late afternoon, on the Human Rights Campaign’s. If it hadn’t more

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