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If you are a frequent or even occasional visitor to this site, it can be difficult to find what's new. Recent additions and modifications on the Web Site are listed here, by descending date (latest changes at the top).

Bar page updates Michail Takach and Jamie Taylor continue to send information prompting updates to various bar pages, including: 1000 East, Leaded Shade, Riviera, Royal Hotel bars, and Tazzbah. (December 2018)
Woody's Bar A pending ownership change of Woody's bar has prompted changes to that page to bring it up to date. The page will be updated again following the ownership change (scheduled for January 1, 2019). (November 2018)
Bar page updates Michail Takach and Jamie Taylor continue to send information prompting updates to various bar pages, including: Lost and Found, Leaded Shade, Red Corvette, Factory, M&M Club, Nikos, This Is It, and Red Corvette. (October 2018)
Bar page updates Michail Takach's continuing research, and Jamie Taylor's Facebook page, continue to yield results of both hard fact and recollections of former employees and patrons. A large number of bar web pages are being updated using information uncovered, including: River Queen, Just Us, This Is It, and Black Nite. (July 2018)
New book "LGBT Milwaukee" Michail Takach, who has been doing extensive research on early LGBT hangouts and life, has authored a new book titled "LGBT Milwaukee". A large number of bar web pages are being updated using information uncovered for that book, which is being sold as a fundraiser for Milwaukee Pride, Inc. and PrideFest. (August 2016)
Older and Lesser Known Bars In collaboration with Michail Takach, who is doing extensive research on early LGBT bars and clubs for a book as a fundraiser for the PrideFest History Exhibit, some older and lesser-known or lesser-documented "gay" bars are having their web pages either updated or created where they hadn't previously existed. These include: Alex's; Cheri's Back East; Belmont Hotel Coffee Shop; Bridgeport; Bourbon Beat; Buckskin Inn; Castaways; The Fox Bar; Gay 90's; Gaytime Bar; Godfrey's 1800; Grand Prix; Legion Bar; Loop Cafe; Mickey's Cove; New Yorker Lounge; Nite Beat (3 locations); Pink Glove; Pink Pony; Plains Hotel Bar; Prologue; Regency East; Tony's Riviera; The Rooster; Seaway; German's Wildwood; and White Horse Inn. (December 2015-February 2016)
Amazon Covers The full run of Amazon is now available online as a digital archive. The project was undertaken by Independent Voices, a web site subtitled "An Open Access Collection of an Alternative Press". The issues scanned are from the archives of ALFA, Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance, Atlanta, GA 30309. The Amazon Cover Gallery on this web site has select pages from a few issues native on this site, but each cover also has a link to the new digital issue on the "Independent Voices" site. (February 2014)
2014 There have been no major sections added to the web site recently. The webmaster has been working several consulting jobs and been very busy. However, there are regular additions, corrections, and improvements made incrementally on a continual basis. For example, new issues of Milwaukee Calendar, Gay Milwaukee, and Escape magazine have been added as a result of an individual who loaned those issues to us. Please send correspondence to the Webmaster any time to submit information on a person, place, or organization.(January 2014)
2012 Anniversaries 2012 is a year when Milwaukee and Wisconsin celebrate several anniversaries. It marks the 30th anniversary of Wisconsin's landmark Gay Rights bill becoming law. Originally known as AB70, with its signing into law in 1982, Wisconsin was the first state in the country to ban discrimination for sexual orientation. Also 2012 marks the 25th PrideFest, Milwaukee's trend-setting pride celebration. Although pride celebrations occurred prior to 1988, that was the first year of a central group coordinating the city's Gay Pride celebration. This is also the year that the Cream City Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary, approaching a third of a century of grant giving to benefit the LGBT community in southeastern Wisconsin.(April 2012)
PDF versions of publications In order to make more of the contents of historical Wisconsin LGBT publications available to researchers, as well as casual browsers, many of the scans of publication pages are being copied into text-searchable PDF files. In most cases, these PDF files are being added to the existing HTML views of publication issues, so users of the site can view a publication either by HTML or PDF. Google and other search engines should also be able to search and index both types of viewables. Some of the publications already converted to PDF are: Milwaukee Calendar (1978-80); Gay Milwaukee (1981); Ragg (1983); some In Steps (1984-2003); and all Pride Guides (1990+). (Due to OCR recognition technology, text derived via OCR can make much more content accessible to searches; but it has the tradeoff of being reliant on the accuracy of the OCR operation- which for some scans is less than desirable.) (June 2011)
PrideFest updates With the 25th annual Pride celebration in Milwaukee approaching just a year away, we are updating all of the PrideFest pages, and especially the PrideFest Timeline, to show the annual ups and downs but overall progress in Pride celebrations over the years. You can see where each Pride celebration in Milwaukee was held year to year, information about any parades, the special events or new features at each PrideFest, and how attendance has grown from year to year. Also view each year's Pride Guide and see news articles and ads from each year's PrideFest. (April 2011)
Chuck Cicirello Chuck Cicirello (known to many as Chuck Balistreri) was one of the most prolific bar owners and managers in Milwaukee's history. In addition to at least a half dozen other bars, he opened and ran one of Milwaukee's most legendary bars, The Factory, from 1973 to 1982: it was not only the largest gay bar Milwaukee had ever seen, it was perfectly positioned to capitalize on the beginning and height of the disco craze. Chuck died in February 2011; read about his history and contributions to the GLBT community in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. (February 2011)
InStep and Quest excerpts Issues of InStep, Quest, and other periodicals continue to be actively scanned and indexed. Emphasis is to scan issues from 10, 15, 20, and 25 years ago; as well as the occasional special project. (A current special project is to better document Pride celebrations throughout the state in the 1970s and 1980s.) When viewing Cover Galleries of any publication, click on the words "view pages" below any cover to see actual pages from that issue. (July 2010)
Bar Photos and Recollections Jamie Taylor and Josie Carter have been collecting a wealth of photos from inside bars in the 1960s through 1980s. Included are photos taken at 1100-Club, Ballgame, Beer Garden, Black Nite, Castaways, C'est la Vie, Factory, Mint Bar, Napalese Lounge (Green Bay), Phoenix, Rooster, Stud Club, Ten Hundred East, and Your Place. Those have been added to the appropriate web pages. (September 2009)
Recollections on Restaurants Jamie Taylor has collected and organized recollections of restaurants of the past from several people. Included are tidbits of information about Ski Glow Cafe and Dirty Helen, Walkers Point Cafe, and the Loop Cafe. Those have been added to the appropriate web pages. (August 2009)
Gregg Fitzpatrick and the Harbor Room Jamie Taylor has exchanged emails with Harbor Room owner Gregg Fitzpatrick, documenting the background of how that bar came to be, as well as Gregg's history in the community. (August 2009)
Northeast Wisconsin History Project The Northeast Wisconsin LGBT History Project hosted its first ever History Display at Pride Alive 2009 in Joannes Park, Green Bay. The Project focuses on gay and lesbian history in the Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley area: an area roughly defined by Green Bay, Appleton and Sheboygan, and the surrounding area. This page documents the project and their first display. (July 2009)
Behind the Scenes There isn't a lot readily visible to the casual viewer, but the site continues to be under continual update. There have been no major single changes in the past few months; instead, tweaks are being made to various Media pages to update those, and many peoples contributed recollections as well as new photos and information on countless businesses and organizations are also being updated. Also, efforts are underway to increase visibility of the web site to the community by adding more artilces in the local LGBT media. (January 2008)
This Month in History Visit the web site each month to view a new feature, "This Month in History", which is also being printed on a regular basis in Queer Life newspaper. This page will show, month by month, what happened in Milwaukee and Wisconsin GLBT life, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years ago. (February 2007)
JavaScript This site has historically used JavaScript to deliver images or various documents in a sized, popup-window when the user clicks on an image or description. With the additional security features enforced in the new Windows Vista and Internet Explorer version 7, those popups generated by JavaScript trigger IE7 security alerts and are blocked by default, requiring the user to unblock them each visit. As a result, we will gradually phase out use of JavaScript popup windows for images, replacing them with new browser window calls. While some users will find the additional browser windows more of a hassle, this change is necessary to avoid triggering security alerts in the new Windows operating system. (July 2007)
Bar recollections A contributor has sent us recollections of her personal experiences and memories from some of Milwaukee's most historical bars, see the bar info page linked above. Also, late in January 2007, a pillar of the community, Terry Boughner passed away; read his bio and obituary. (January 2007)
Bar interiors in 1977 A single partial copy of a 1977 publication, "The Gay Business Guide", offers a rare glimpse into the interiors of many of the gay and lesbian bars in operation at that time, along with descriptions of the businesses. See those photos on the individual bar pages, or on the Gay Business Guide page. (December 2006)
Milwaukee Calendar and Gay Milwaukee A large percentage of the 4-year publication "Milwaukee Calendar" (which during its last year was renamed "Gay Milwaukee") has been located and is being scanned and indexed. Indexing of the entire set of "GPU News" also continues to be accomplished. (Special thanks to the Gerber Hart Library in Chicago for making their collections available to us.) (Sept-October 2006)
UWM Archives Holdings References to collections of LGBT organizations' material held by the UWM Archives have now been added to the pages of the relevant organizations. (July 2006)
GPU News The entire set of "GPU News", the publication of the GPU/ Gay People's Union, which was published from 1971 to 1981, has been gone through. All covers, and any articles and ads pertinent to Wisconsin, have been scanned and are in the process of being posted. (Go to the GPU News Cover Galleries, and from there click on any of the "view select pages" links.) The contents will gradually be indexed and cross-referenced back to individual businesses, organizations, people, etc. (Special thanks to the UWM Special Collections Department for their cooperation and assistance in doing most of the scanning for this research.) (June-July 2006)
Other Periodicals To provide better visibility to specific organizations, businesses, etc. in the past, we are actively locating and scanning issues of old Wisconsin LGBT periodicals. Recent additions here are an attempt to scan major news articles from every issue of GPU News (1971-1981), and the few available issues of Gay Milwaukee magazine, RAGG, Milwaukee Calendar, and others. (May 2006)
Businesses The section of Businesses has been expanded, and now includes separate sections for Restaurants, Retail establishments, Health clubs (spas, or bath houses), Lodging, etc., plus a large number of additional Bar pages. There are still a great many gaps but there will continue to be progress in this area as more ads and guides from the media are used to fill in gaps and flesh out these contents. (May 2006)
Outbound News, Outbound, and Edge covers The majority of covers/ page-1's of Outbound News newspaper, Outbound Magazine, and Edge Magazine are now available for viewing. (December 2005)
Individual Bios Many new Individual Bios were added this month (at least 20 completely new bios of people past and present). Visit the "Individuals" page to read about the many individuals who have made a difference in our community. (We always welcome information and photos of notable local people for posting here.) (October 2005)
Bars and other Recollections To accomodate memories contributed by many individuals, some Bar and other pages now have a "Recollections" section: a place to post these sometimes disjointed but always fascinating memories from others in the community. Visit the pages for the Wreck Room and The Factory as two examples. (Send your recollections and we'll add them as well! And greatly in demand are any photos of the interiors of any bars!) (October 2005)
In Step covers The majority of covers/ page-1's of In Step are now available for viewing. (July 2005)
Interactive Timeline The History Project's exhibit at PrideFest 2005 featured an interactive Timeline, which was a smash hit! Over 3,000 people viewed the Timeline and other displays in the History Exhibit area. (June 2005)
ARCW's 20 giving 20 The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin recognizes 20 people and organizations who were instrumental in the first 20 years of the battle against AIDS and the HIV virus. (May 2005)
Individual Bios Individual Bios are being added frequently. Reverend Lew Broyles's sudden death reminds us all of the importance of recognizing the contributions of everyone around us while they are still with us. Visit the "Individuals" page to read about the many individuals who have made a difference in our community. (We always welcome information and photos of notable local people for posting here.) (May 2005)
Quest covers The covers of many issues of Quest magazine can be viewed. (May 2005)
Media Timeline updated The Print Media Timeline has been updated to show images of the newer local publications, including OutBound, Edge, Queer Life/ Q Life, and OutBound News. (May 2005)
InStep excerpts Issues of InStep are being examined and articles, photos, and ads of interest are displayed here. Click on the words "view pages" below any cover. (April 2005)
Oral Histories The Oral History interviews being conducted by the Project are slowly being transcribed. View some of the materials here. (March 2005)
Wisconsin Light front pages The first page of each issue of Wisconsin Light can be viewed and articles on that page read (load as PDF files). (March 2005)
Tony Aiello contribution Tony Aiello contributed a large number of photos of La Cage, the PrideFest dance pavilion, and Pride Parade. (March 2005)


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