Milwaukee PrideFest isn’t happening the way we’d like it to, but the organizers are determined to create a meaningful and helpful virtual experience for all.
The “Health & Wellness Area” is a free, online site that will be available during the festival weekend which takes place from Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6. The mission is to connect LGBTQ and underserved communities with important resources.
Currently, the project is open for submissions from organizations and service providers who want to provide a free listing in the Health & Wellness Area.
“This is a huge opportunity to serve the community and in lieu of a physical space,” says Wes Shaver, President of Milwaukee Pride. “Many of the people in these communities lack the resources and/or accessibility to get the health, wellness and support they need to live a healthier, more successful, life.”
Because LGBTQ and underserved people face unjust and inequitable systems daily, Shaver hopes this digital platform will create a space of helpful information and, most importantly, equality.
“LGBTQ people are discriminated against, live in fear and often suppress seeking care due to lack of knowledge and awareness of who can help,” says Shaver. “We need to reduce those negative impacts and create clearer, wider and more accessible roadways for people to live a healthier and fulfilled life.”
To become a resource for the Health & Wellness Area, go here to access the submission form.
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.