More than 20 North American cities have implemented rainbow crosswalks to commemorate their local LGBTQ communities and now Milwaukee is one of them. This morning around 9:30 a.m., skilled workers "spray painted" two rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Jefferson and Wells Streets.
One of the crosswalks features colorful "piano keys" and the second one features rainbow stripes.
"This crosswalk will highlight not just the hard-worn path to a longtime favorite tavern, but the long and proud journey of all LGBTQ Milwaukeeans from persecution to tolerance to acceptance to equality," says Michail Takach, vice president of Milwaukee Pride.
"This crosswalk, as the first Milwaukee monument to LGBTQ people, will be not just a symbol of historic local pride, but of our community’s historic local triumph."
The project was made possible by Milwaukee Pride and the East Town Association, with the support of 13 LGBTQ organizations. The groups began negotiations with the city in August 2018 which resulted in the Department of Public Works establishing new design guidelines and a formal application process for future requests.
Check out the installation process here:
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.