PlanetOut once awarded Milwaukee the title of “Most Surprising Gay-Friendly Destination.” A wide range of organizations and events are available in the city to make members of the LGBT community feel at home. With a special film festival, LGBT community center, and annual Pride festival, Milwaukee is an out and proud city.
Nightclubs, dive bars, and more fill the neighborhood known as Walker’s Point. It is one of the most gay-friendly neighborhoods in all of Milwaukee. The Historic Third Ward is another friendly part of town, nestled downtown among unique boutiques and dining options. Those interested in living among art should reside in the loft spaces available. Art galleries, lounge areas, and cafes are fully present.
Just 10 minutes away from the Historic Third Ward, Eastcastle Place is an independent living community with one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Both recreational and therapeutic activities are offered to those who wish to participate.
Villa St. Francis is just a short distance from Walker’s Point. Devotional services are available for those who need them. There is both an indoor and outdoor common area where residents can meet and enjoy each other’s company. There are also regular off-site activities scheduled so exploring can be done safely in groups.
The LGBT merriment is not only limited to Historic Third Wave and Walker’s Point. A Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival is also held each year. It typically runs in October as a week-long event. People can pay for a festival pass that earns them fast entry in the theatres, and admission into all screenings.
Milwaukee Pride is the newest LGBT organization in the area, although it has been around since the late 1980s. It all started with a pride picnic, and how transformed into a large event. The event could not take place without the many volunteers that help make it run smoothly.
The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is just one of the many businesses involved with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It is a premiere entertainment destination, with gaming and dining opportunities for people of all ages, over 21. The Northern Lights Theatre is also included here.
The MKE LGBT Community Center is one of the best places for people to go when they need some support and guidance. A large number of groups, activities, and programs are available through the center. A 50+ support group meets on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is also a 50 & better arts and travel club. Low-cost day trips are included, as well as free art exhibits.
Anyone is free to drop in at the center on Thursdays anytime between 2 and 6 p.m. It is a great opportunity to meet others and find some friends who can relate. Regular in-depth discussions as held, or people can enjoy a simple game of cards.
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