By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published May 08, 2020 at 12:30 PM

Milwaukee Pride Fest and the Pride Parade will not look anything like it has in previous years, but OnMilwaukee promises to bring as much love to the web as possible during MKE Pride Week, June 1-8.

One of the many pieces of this year's challenging-but-feasible Pride puzzle is the EnCOURAGEment Project, a photo collaboration between OnMilwaukee and Courage MKE, which operates Courage House, the city's only living facility specifically for displaced and homeless LGBTQ youth. 

The EnCOURAGEment Project invites people from all over the city and beyond to send a photo of themselves, their families and / or anyone else they are with sheltering in place holding up a sign with an inspiring Pride message. Signs can just read "#ProudlyTogether" or feature a longer message of Pride positivity. Feel free to get super creative or to keep it simple.

The photos will be included in a video that will be released on social media during Pride Week. 

Send your photo to by Friday, May 15.

"As Pride celebrations around the world are being cancelled due to Covid-19, this project allows us Milwaukeeans to do what we do best: come together even when we cannot," says co-founder and executive director of Courage MKE Brad Schlaikowski. "Pride isn't just about the celebrations, it's about lifting each other up and supporting those in our communities when they need it most. We are so excited to see the smiles and feel the warmth that this project will bring to all of us."

Stay tuned for all of OnMilwaukee's safe, fun Pride happenings in the near future.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.