Earlier this year, a Facebook group formed called Lesbian Pop Up Bar // Milwaukee. The page serves as a way to unify the local lesbian community by hosting monthly events at different venues.
"We will be rotating bars monthly throughout Southeast Wisconsin where lesbians can meet up and be ourselves," reads the copy on the page.
The next event, which is the third for this group, takes place Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at the Hi Hat Lounge, 1701 N. Arlington Pl. The group rented out the entire second floor.
A few years ago, OnMilwaukee reported on the lack of lesbian bars that are still open. The Lex in San Francisco shut down in 2015 after 18 years of business. In 2013, West Hollywood – where almost half of the residents are lesbians – shuttered its last women's bar, The Palms, after 43 years.
Milwaukee’s Walker’s Pint is believed to be one of the last women’s bars in the country. (Why is this? Read more here.)
"Lesbians can go pretty much anywhere from Bay View to the East Side now and be comfortable," says Walker's Pint bartender, Lex Stath. "It's great for humanity, but not so great for lesbian bars."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.