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Sunday Sound-off: Does Pride Fest belong on the Summerfest grounds?

Welcome to the OnMilwaukee.com Sunday Sound-off, featuring a question, two different perspectives -- then opening up the topic to our readers' responses. Please use the Talkback feature below to contribute your thoughts on the issue.

Last week, OnMilwaukee.com wrote an article about Pride Fest, which inspired an argument among talkbackers about whether or not the festival, which celebrates and unites the LGBT community, should be at the Henry Maier Festival Park.

What do you think? Even though Pride Fest isn't an "ethnic festival" like Irish Fest or Festa Italiana, should it still run at Summerfest, or somewhere else? Sound-off, Brew City!

Pride Fest doesn't belong here. The Henry Maier Festival Park is for Summerfest and ethnic festivals. Pride Fest isn't either and therefore it seems out of place. If Pride Fest gets to be there, shouldn't there be more "identity" festivals as well?

Pride Fest absolutely belongs here. With record-breaking attendance this year, Pride Fest needs the large space. Plus, there isn't a law or rule saying that festivals other than Summerfest have to be ethnic. Pride Fest brings another dimension to the already-rich festival season on the Henry Maier grounds.

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sybildor | June 20, 2007 at 7:40 p.m. (report)

this isn't really a case of "shooting the messenger" because Onmilwaukee.com seems to be the only one asking the question. Re-reading these talkbacks, the Sound-Off failed to stir up controversy except that directed upon itself. that being said, i don't see anyone personally attacking the author either, so there's really no reason to defend their integrity or their "open-mindedness." where did that defensiveness suddenly come from? i heard really good things about Pridefest this year, even from the local media. it's really too bad that Milwaukee's daily magazine had to chase a controversy that wasn't there. this makes me feel both great that Pridefest has accomplished some crediblty, and terrible that people would still be questioning its civic worth.

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Pony811 | June 20, 2007 at 6:28 p.m. (report)

Wow MKE. Put the claws away. I do know what article the author is refering to having read it myself. Some people did leave talkbacks about Pride Fest and how it should not be on the SummerFest grounds and other rude comments about the fest and the people attending. I agree with others that it does belong. It is a strong festival bringing in people from all over. A great way to get MKE more out there than it already is. Side bar... If it doesn't have to do with the article, why post it in a talkback? Talkbacks are for constructive critisism about the article. Am I wrong?

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rkerhin | June 20, 2007 at 1:01 a.m. (report)

hey cowbell- it doesn't seem very controversial at all- everybody seems to agree that the question is a bit inane. Maybe that's because the question is really asking do gay people belong on the summerfest grounds?

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cowbell | June 19, 2007 at 3:59 p.m. (report)

Don't shoot the messenger, people. Obviously, it's a controversial topic (see these talkbacks for proof). That's why it was written for people to sound off, too. Wouldnt be much of a 'sunday soundoff' if the topic was 'does summerfest belong on the lakefront.' Duh. By the way, I've met Molly, and even seen her @ pridefest. For a straight person, shes the least homophobic person in the world.

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RichardHose | June 18, 2007 at 9:50 p.m. (report)

Milwaukee's famous summer fests are to showcase the city's diverse ethnicities, not gender preference. This idea is totally off the wall.

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