60th anniversary of the Black Nite Brawl

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Black Nite Brawl

Sponsored by The Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project : an independent, self-funded, all-volunteer organization founded in 1995. Over the past 25 years, the project has become the state’s largest digital collection of LGBTQ historical content. 

“The Stonewall uprising in New York City in June 1969 was undeniably the start of a national LGBTQ awareness.  But even before that event, gay people in cities around the country were beginning to push back against homophobic attitudes.  Perhaps one of the most notable, but most underrated, is the Black Nite bar brawl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin– the first ‘gay rights’ state.

Join us in honoring the revolutionary spirit of our brave elders — who on August 5, 1961, ignited the first LGBTQ uprising in Wisconsin history.  Six years before Stonewall,  five years before Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco, and four years before the Dewey’s protests in Philadelphia, our elders stood up to homophobic violence at the Black Nite (400 N. Plankinton) and started to fight back.  

We seek to elevate awareness, ownership and pride for local LGBTQ history and heritage, while reminding Milwaukee that gender non-conforming and transgender people of color continue to face harassment, exclusion and violence today.”


Aug 05 - 06 2021


8:00 pm - 2:00 am
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