Michail Takach, Vice-President of Communications

Milwaukee Pride announces 2018 Pride Award winners
Community champions to be honored at June 8 Opening Ceremonies

Milwaukee, WI -  The Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2018 Pride Awards, which will be awarded at the 31st Annual PrideFest Milwaukee Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 8.

This year's recipients are:
We recognize Nikko Nelson of Mequon with our Valor Award, which celebrates an LGBTQ youth who has achieved personal greatness despite a national landscape of uncertainty, adversity and resistance.  Nikko, a trans woman, was recently elected prom queen by her high school classmates.

We celebrate Jamie Taylor with our Legacy Award, which honors an unsung hero for their lifetime contributions.  As the long-time photographer for InStep Magazine, Jamie has been a cornerstone of the community since the 1980s. After decades in print media, Jamie conquered social media with the History of Gay Milwaukee.  This Facebook group has become an invaluable resource for crowdsourcing rare content, reconnecting long-lost friends, and creating social events celebrating our shared heritage.

Please join us in celebrating these community heroes - and launching an exciting weekend of friends, family and fun at PrideFest Milwaukee 2018!  Watch for additional details about Opening Ceremonies in the weeks ahead. 

Cormac Kehoe

Alderman Cavalier Johnson

Queer Zine Archive Project

Nikko Nelson

Jamie Taylor

Festival information

Four-day weekend passes to PrideFest Milwaukee 2018 include access to all shows, on all stages, all weekend long!  Buy yours for just $39 through May 31. Single day and VIP tickets are also available.   Get tickets now.

Don't forget to Give Plus One (or any dollar amount) to protect and support local LGBTQ health and wellness via Diverse and Resilient. Your dollars will make an immediate impact in the local community.

As an all-volunteer organization, we strongly believe in service to the community.  Earn FREE admission to PrideFest Milwaukee -- by contributing as a festival volunteer!  All volunteers receive a free day pass, meal tickets and t-shirts.  Sign up today at  To honor the ultimate community service, all active and veteran military receive complimentary weekend admission with proof of military status.

We are honored to partner with the Milwaukee Pride Parade to create a safe, meaningful and memorable weekend experience for all of Milwaukee.  Want to walk with us in this year's parade?  Sign up today

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About Milwaukee Pride
The mission of Milwaukee Pride, Inc., is:
  • to educate both the general community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) communities about needs, issues and various aspects of the LGBTQ culture;
  • to provide a forum to celebrate the history and accomplishments of LGBTQ people; 
  • to create an environment for networking and outreach for services and community opportunities for LGBTQ people and their families and friends; and 
  • any other activities exclusively for charitable, educational, and research purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
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