“Milwaukee Pride’s mission statement
makes firm commitments to the LGBTQ community: to developing future leaders, to improving access to services, to celebrating our history and heritage, to creating learning, networking and outreach opportunities,” said Wes Shaver, president of Milwaukee Pride.
“Our donations are an investment in the future of LGBTQ Milwaukee.”
GSAFE: Wisconsin’s guardian for LGBTQ youth
This year’s PrideFest Plus One
campaign raised a record-breaking $5,109 in community donations, which were matched by the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors for a grand total donation of $10,218.
“We’re humbled by the generosity shown by everyone who gave to the Plus One Campaign,” said Brian Juchems
, GSAFE senior director of education. “These donations help trans and queer students develop their voice as advocates for themselves and for others. These dollars will help create schools where LGBTQ youth – particularly trans and queer youth of color – aren’t just surviving, but thriving.”
“This fall, nearly 900,000 students returned to Wisconsin’s classrooms,” said Michail Takach, Milwaukee Pride’s vice president of communications. “We recognize that LGBTQ students may feel increasingly unsafe and unsupported in the academic setting.”
“We are honored to support GSAFE in protecting and developing these students in their journey to their best selves — through mentoring, networking, advocacy, policy formation and educator and administrator training.”
PrideFest Plus One nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 festival season. Submission guidelines and instructions are available at the Milwaukee Pride website
. The 2018 PrideFest Plus One honoree will be announced in January.