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Milwaukee – a city defined by an unusual blend of chic and casual coolness. Comfort and ease exist side by side with exciting amenities and a progressive attitude to create an unbeatable, gay-friendly destination.

Selected as a "Surprising Gay-Friendly Destination" by PlanetOut in its 2008 Travel Awards, Milwaukee is home to a number of organizations and annual events that celebrate the LGBT community. 

Events / Organizations

Pridefest – June 6-8, 2014
For three days each June, the nation's biggest Pride entertainment lineup assembles for Pridefest along the shores of Lake Michigan at Henry Maier Festival Park. Here, thousands of festival-goers gather to enjoy world-class entertainment, sample some of the best food the city has to offer and stroll through the marketplace.

This year's entertainment lineup includes Lisa Lampanelli, Sandra Bernhard, Macy Gray, Chad Michaels, Steve Grand, Mary Lambert, Bruce Vilanch, Big Freedia and many more!

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ people and to making the Greater Milwaukee area safer and more inclusive.

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
In the fall, the city welcomes the LGBT Film/Video Festival, now in its 28th season. This 4-day event showcases work from around the world by, about and for the LGBT community.

Cream City Foundation
Cream City Foundation creates structural change by mobilizing philanthropic resources, collaborations and educational efforts on behalf of southeastern Wisconsin's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


Walker’s Point serves as one of the main gay residential areas in the city and hosts the majority of gay nightlife hotspots that range from mellow dive bars to full-scale nightclubs. Dozens of old warehouses in the Historic Third Ward have been converted into amazing lofts, art galleries, chic cafes and stunning lounges.

Where to Stay

With five TAG-approved hotels, and new projects and renovations continually popping up, Milwaukee's variety of gay-friendly accommodations (including boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfast options) is sure to impress.


Milwaukee Named Top 10 Destination for Gay Travelers
Milwaukee is coming into its own as a travel destination with the largest pride festival in the nation, Pridefest, being held each summer.

Under the Gaydar
Often overshadowed by bustling neighbor Chicago, and outdone in freewheeling reputation by liberal Madison, the pretty Midwestern city of Milwaukee has a lot on tap.

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Come to Milwaukee: a gay-friendly city combining top-flight attractions like the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World and the Harley-Davidson Museum with a vibrant arts scene, pulsating nightlife and sassy shopping. You’ll discover a welcoming city of lakefront festivals and award-winning parks, along with eclectic neighborhoods for adventurous foodies to explore.

Milwaukee – if it happens, it’s here. With so much on tap, your getaway will be nothing short of unforgettable.

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