N.E.W. Pride returns to Green Bay area to empower LGBTQ+ community | Green Bay Press-Gazette
DE PERE – Green Bay and northeastern Wisconsin’s LGBTQ+ community said N.E.W. Pride 2023 could not come at a more important time.
The 14th annual gathering, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, takes over the Brown County Fairgrounds at a time when nearly 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in the United States even though 80% of Americans support protections for LGBTQ+ people.
N.E.W. Pride is one of many affirming LGBTQ+ community spaces in the region and across the country tightening security detail in anticipation of a loud but small group of outside agitators.
The national climate might make it difficult to feel anything like pride, but that’s exactly why events like N.E.W. Pride take place, said Reiko Ramos, anti-violence director at Diverse & Resilient in Appleton.
Learn about and contribute to Green Bay, Appleton area LGBTQ+ history at N.E.W. Pride
For the second straight year, UW-Green Bay Archives staff will offer N.E.W. Pride attendees the chance to learn about LGBTQ+ history in northeastern Wisconsin and to contribute to the university’s growing collection of stories and artifacts.
Archives director Deb Anderson and professor Kimberly Reilly since 2019 have collected almost 50 interviews with LGBTQ+ residents as well as photographs, ephemera, videos, T-shirts, and other donations that highlight LGBTQ life in the Green Bay and Appleton areas.
The exhibit, “Our Voices,” will trace LGBTQ+ local and national history from the 1950s through 2023, right up to the Green Bay area’s first-ever Pride Prom held earlier this year at the Tarlton Theatre in downtown Green Bay.
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