Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project creates fundraiser to update decades-old website


MILWAUKEE – For nearly 30 years, Wisconsin’s LGBTQ History Project website has been the premier resource for people to discover, remember, and learn about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

“You can go back in time and read back-to-back issues and news from the 1970s, which take you through the early days of the gay liberation movement,” said Michail Takach, curator of the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project.

Don Schwamb started the History Project in 1995. After running the website for more than two decades in the same format, he and current members agree it’s time for a change of look.

“Unfortunately, like all digital tools, this one has a lifespan and it is nearing the end of its lifespan. is not in the most modern interface,” Takach said.

Now the LGBTQ History Project is turning to the community for help. Launch of a GoFundMe hoping to raise the funds they need to update the website to make it more accessible and easier to use.

“The goal is to give people access to all of these contacts with a new, very colorful, very engaging, very captivating front door experience. We want to make sure that this site provides a great experience, whether it’s for someone in academia who is looking to do research, a journalist like you who is looking to do a story, or LGBTQ parents who don’t really understand this culture and have no idea how to approach it” , said Takach.

By doing so, they hope they can continue to shine a light on the LGBTQ community and ensure that their stories are not forgotten.

“We want to ensure that our site will be discovered, used and enjoyed by generations for years and years to come,” Takach said.

Project members say their goal is to launch the new and improved website by the end of the year.

To donate to this history project website, click here. To visit the site, click here.

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