Be Seen Radio Milwaukee has partnered with the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project on a six episode podcast called "Be Seen" documenting the state's LGBTQ history. The podcast is hosted by Radio Milwaukee Director of Content Nate Imig and curator for the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project Michail Takach and will explore significant queer milestones, events or people in Wisconsin's LGBTQ history. New episodes every Monday, now through June 27, 2022.
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Radio Milwaukee has partnered with the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project on a six episode podcast called "Be Seen" documenting the state's LGBTQ history. The podcast is hosted by Radio Milwaukee Director of Content Nate Imig and curator for the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project Michail Takach and will explore significant queer milestones, events or people in Wisconsin's LGBTQ history. New episodes every Monday, now through June 27, 2022.

Most Recent Episodes

Bonus Episode: Was the Mafia involved in Wisconsin's earliest gay bars?

On this bonus episode of "Be Seen," hosts Nate Imig and Michail Takach address the often repeated rumor that the Mafia was involved in financing Wisconsin's earliest gay bars. In an exclusive interview with historian Gavin Schmitt, author of "Milwaukee Mafia (Images of America)" we arrive at a definitive "not really" in terms of the Mafia's involvement, but that answer is not without exceptions. Be Seen is hosted by: Nate Imig (nate@radiomilwaukee.org) and Michail Takach.

#6: How did Wisconsin respond to HIV and AIDS?

We hear from two leaders of vital organizations in Wisconsin's response: Sue Dietz, the original co-founder of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, and Mark Behar, the co-founder of Milwaukee's first LGBTQ clinic, BESTD. We also hear how today's front line community health leaders are navigating HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. PrEP facts: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html Be Seen is hosted by: Nate Imig (nate@radiomilwaukee.org) and Michail Takach.

#5: What is Wisconsin's longest running gay bar?

This is It co-owner George Schneider talks about creating an intentionally inclusive community at Wisconsin's longest running LGBTQ bar. Then, Michail speaks about his interviews with the late original owner, June Brehm. Be Seen is hosted by: Nate Imig (nate@radiomilwaukee.org) and Michail Takach. WTMJ News Documentary: https://uwm.edu/wtmjsearch/wtmjnewsarchive/49410/

#4: Wisconsin's most notable women's bars

Walker's Pint owner Betsy Boenning speaks to Milwaukee having one of only 21 women's bars left in the country. Milwaukee natives Maryann "Flash" Gorski and Diane "Legs" Gregory recount two generations of Milwaukee's lesbian and bisexual nightlife scene. Be Seen is hosted by: Nate Imig (nate@radiomilwaukee.org) and Michail Takach.

#3: When was Wisconsin's first drag show?

Wisconsin drag legends BJ Daniels and Tempest Heat share firsthand experiences entertaining in the 1980s to the present, particularly how the community came together through drag benefits during the AIDS crisis.

#2: When was it illegal to be LGBTQ in Wisconsin?

Bob Schmidt, owner of the M&M Club, speaks about opening the now closed bar when it was illegal to be gay and being among the few establishments to have open windows. Michail explains a pair or trailblazing Wisconsin laws that gave LGBTQ people protections for the first time ever in the country in early 1980s.

#1: Meet the gender nonconforming 'queen' who led Wisconsin's first LGBTQ uprising

Eight years before Stonewall, Milwaukee had its own LGBTQ uprising at the Black Nite bar. Featuring audio from the Archives Department, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries, this episode shares the story of Josie Carter, a gender nonconforming "queen" who defended her home bar when it was targeted by sailors in August 1961.

#1: Meet the gender nonconforming 'queen' who led Wisconsin's first LGBTQ uprising