Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project
Board of Directors
and Community Advisors

Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project's
Board of Directors and Community Advisors

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Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project
Board of Directors

Stephanie Hume (Milwaukee)

Stephanie's contribution to LGBTQ progress includes decades of service as a liaison to the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). Her expertise and advocacy extends to serving with the Lesbian Alliance of Metro Milwaukee (LAMM), Human Rights League (HRL), and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

Nathan Imig (Madison)

Nate is a media professional committed to amplifying the state’s LGBTQ+ history. He partnered with the History Project on ‘Be Seen’, a two season podcast exploring the notable people and milestones in Wisconsin’s queer history, and is currently the senior digital editor at Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison.

Patrick Johnson (Milwaukee)

Patrick is an assistant professor of journalism and Director of Student Media at Marquette University. He focuses much of his time analyzing news literacy, journalism practice, and journalism education, with a focus on LGBTQ knowledge production and representation in journalism and trust in news.

Ty King (Milwaukee)

Ty has been involved with multiple LGBTQ community organizations over the years, including Gay People's Union, Black & White Men Together, and SSBL. Over the years, Ty has DJ'd in Milwaukee, Madison, and abroad.

Amy Luettgen (Milwaukee)

Amy has a passion for fostering inclusive communities, advocating for visibility, equality, and empowerment within the LGBTQ community. Through Bi+ Pride Milwaukee, she strives to celebrate the diverse spectrum of identities within the bisexual, pansexual and non-monosexual communities.

Victor Macias-Gonzalez (NW Wisconsin)

Víctor is Professor of History and Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UW-La Crosse, where he also serves as Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. His research and publications focus on U.S. and Mexican LGBTQ+ history.

Cass Marie (Milwaukee)

Cass Marie has been a part of the drag entertainment industry and LGBTQ+ community for over thirty years. Being both transgender and HIV positive, she advocates for others, whether it be adults or youth. Having overcome addiction herself, she has been able to live a healthier lifestyle for over 20 years.

Mark Mariucci (Green Bay)

Mark has been making Wisconsin LGBTQ history for decades. He formerly owned Za's Video Bar and the Historic West Theatre, as well as publishing QUEST Magazine for 25 years. He has served with Rainbow Over Wisconsin, and currently owns the Tarlton Theatre and ‘At the Tracks’ LGBTQ bar in Green Bay.

Audrey Nowakowski (Milwaukee)

Audrey is a host, producer, and reporter for Lake Effect on WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR. She especially enjoys covering topics that involve history, the LGBTQ community, and film. Audrey is also co-executive producer of ‘Live at Lake Effect’, a filmed music series.

Steve Schaffer (Milwaukee)

Steve is the lead archivist at the Milwaukee County Historical Society, assisting researchers, processing collections, managing interns and volunteers and property management. He has previously volunteered with the Wauwatosa Historical Society and Marquette University.

Dan Seaver (Kenosha)

Dan is one of the founding members of Kenosha Pride where he now serves as president. Dan works as the Business Manager for Holton Street Clinic in Milwaukee. He graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, and is a legal observer for the ACLU of Wis.

Ulysses Swanson (Western Wisconsin)

Ulysses is an independent scholar with a passion for LGBTQ history. In his ongoing project “Transgender Ancestors,” he traces the lives and family histories of gender nonconforming people from the 1840s to 1940s. A lifelong Minnesotan, he fell in love with Wisconsin’s LGBTQ history while working on his project.

Justis Tenpenny (Green Bay)

Justis is an LGBTQ advocate who has served the Northeastern Wisconsin queer community in roles with N.E.W. Pride (formerly Pride Alive), Bay Area Council on Gender Diversity, and the 12-state LGBTQ Equity Challenge. He also co-led the creation of Green Bay's first outdoor LGBTQ Mural at Napalese Lounge.

Dan Terrio (Milwaukee)

Dan is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Northcentral Wisconsin and grew up on an Indian Reservation. He is an accomplished, award-winning National and TED Certified motivational speaker and trainer, and currently works as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Milwaukee County.

Tiffany Thomas (Milwaukee)

Tiffany currently serves the City of Milwaukee's Department of Employee Relations. Tiffany is a founding member of The Hive, the city's LGBTQ employee resource group, and was the keynote speaker at our National LGBT History Month ceremony at Milwaukee City Hall in October 2023.

Bill Wardlow (Milwaukee)

Moving to Milwaukee in the mid-1980s, Bill was drawn to the sports leagues, especially softball and the gay tennis league. While evolving from bartender to bar owner of Fluid bar, he continues to advocate on for gay marriage, LGBT inclusivity, and fundraise for countless causes that affect our community.

Kristen Whitson (Mauston)

Kristen works in digital preservation and community and indigenous archives, including the Madison LGBTQ+ Archive and the LGBTQ+ Religious Archives Network. She is co-author of the book ‘We Will Always Be Here: A Guide for Exploring and Understanding LGBTQ+ Activism in Wisconsin’.

Ricardo Wynn (Milwaukee)

Ricardo has served in an advisory capacity on several local community based organization initiatives throughout Wisconsin. In his daily work, Ricardo works for the Milwaukee County Office of Equity, building capacity for community outreach and engagement, developing standard practices and frameworks.

Kathy Flores (Appleton)

Kathy has worked as an activist, advocate and community organizer focused on anti-racism, working in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Previously with Harmony Café, the Appleton Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, and Diverse & Resilient, she now works independently.

Tempest Heat (Milwaukee)

(Deceased): Tempest Heat was a staple in the Wisconsin Drag community for over 15 years. Tempest was an advocate and community supporter for years before becoming a performer. Tempest joined us as a Community Advisor with a depth of knowledge not only about the Wisconsin drag community, but specifically, the black LGBTQ community. He unfortunately passed away Jan. 2, 2024.