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The cover of Michail Takach's book LGBT Milwaukee

Photo: taken from Hidden History of LGBT Milwaukee's Facebook event page

On March 11, Sex Ed for Adults is kicking off the Riverwest Public House Cooperative Anniversary week with Hidden History of LGBT Milwaukee. The event will explore some little-known pieces of LGBT history scattered around Milwaukee that are difficult to identify.

By the time the 1969 Stonewall riots ignited the push for progress for LGBT rights, Milwaukee was already home to 33 known gay bars. These bars were safe havens for members of the LGBTQ community and provided a sense of spirit and culture of local LGBTQ pride during times when they were unable to find it elsewhere. 

Milwaukee has a long history of LGBTQ spaces and culture. Many of the earliest LGBTQ landmarks have been erased, but surviving historical spaces remain hidden. The Hidden History of LGBTQ Milwaukee will shed some light on these little-known spaces.

Michail Takach, author of LGBT Milwaukee, webmaster of the Wisconsin LGBT History Project and Communications Director for Milwaukee Pride, Inc., will be presenting at the event.

The Hidden History of LGBT Milwaukee will be taking place at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative located at 815 E. Locust St on March 11. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free.

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