Celebrating Dick Wagner and his new book: “Coming Out, Moving Forward – Wisconsin’s Recent Gay History”

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join Fair Wisconsin Education Fund for a virtual reading and discussion by author Dick Wagner from his groundbreaking new volume on LGBTQ history in Wisconsin.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

$50 contribution to Fair Wisconsin
$75 contribution includes a signed copy of “Coming Out, Moving Forward – Wisconsin’s Recent Gay History”

Click HERE to register for this event.

All proceeds from this event support the critical work of Fair Wisconsin Education Fund. Sincere thanks to Dick Wagner and Wisconsin Historical Society Press for making this event possible.

Sponsorships available. Due to the nature of virtual events, RSVP is required. Questions? Email us for more information. Registration for this event will close on October 6, and a secure link for the celebration will be emailed to you by October 7.

Coming Out, Moving Forward, the second volume in R. Richard Wagner’s groundbreaking work on gay history in Wisconsin, outlines the challenges that LGBTQ Wisconsinites faced in their efforts to right past oppressions and secure equality in the post-Stonewall period between 1969 and 2000. During this era, Wisconsin made history as the first state to enact a gay rights law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. It also became the first state to elect three openly gay/lesbian persons to Congress.

In this volume, R. Richard Wagner draws on historical research and materials from his extensive personal archive to not only chronicle an important movement, but also to tell the stories of the state’s LGBTQ pioneers—from legislators and elected officials to activists, businesspeople, and everyday citizens. Coming Out, Moving Forward documents the rich history of Wisconsin’s LGBTQ individuals and communities as they pushed back against injustice and found ways to live openly and proudly as themselves.

Featuring forewords by Tammy Baldwin and Steve Gunderson, Coming Out, Moving Forward is a continuation of the first volume in this series, We’ve Been Here All Along – Wisconsin’s Early Gay History.

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