History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - People - Bios

Debi Vance


Primary Involvements:

Business Operator (bar)





Debi Vance was active in managing and working at several bars. She is best known for working many years at Club 219, and later at the M&M Club for a few years prior to its closing in 2006.

Debi was also active in BAM, Business Association of Milwaukee when that organization (a loose colaition of gay bar owners and operators) was active in the 1980s.

Debi and partner Cindy Olsheske were featured in a BLOG article on this site in 2024.


Photo of Debbie at Wreck Room anniversary, August 1980
(Milw. Calendar vol 3 no. 18, pgs. 24+25)

Debi Vance with Tony Canfora at Club 219, Feb. 1981
(Gay Milw, volume 4 no. 2)

With Del Slovik of Club 219, Feb. 1984
(In Step, volume 1 no. 1)

Photos, BAM bar crawl, April 1984; (Debbie, then with Club 219, in photo in upper right)
(In Step, volume 1 no. 5)

Photos: Debi Vance's birthday party at Hot Legs, with co-owner Karen, D.J. Kim Z., Dec. 1984
(In Step, volume 1 no. 16, page 20)

Debi working at the M&M Club during its last week, 2006

Credits: articles from In Step;
Last updated: April-2024.

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