More than 200 delegates representing 83 Pride organizations from 17 different countries will be attending the 30th Annual World Conference of InterPride, which Boston Pride is hosting October 3 – 7 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. InterPride, the International Association of Pride Organizers, was created in Boston, Mass. in 1982. InterPride is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, back in the city where it all began.
75 workshops will be presented to delegates from as far away as Australia and the Philippines. Five African countries—Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda – are expected to be represented at the conference. Additionally, Pride committees from seven European nations will be attending. They are France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Organizations from Canada and Mexico will also join their counterparts from the United States, including representatives from Puerto Rico.
“We are pleased to see so many delegates from different nations and cultures coming to Boston for the InterPride conference,” said Anna Dubrowski, co-chair of the InterPride 2012 conference. “Our community faces tremendous challenges around the globe. We can all learn and grow from hearing from each other about what has worked and what hasn’t as we seek to achieve equality.”
InterPride was originally created in Boston in 1982 after Pride organizers from Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego and Los Angeles convened to form the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Pride coordinators. InterPride’s vision is a world where there is full cultural, social and legal equality for all. InterPride hopes to raise awareness of cultural and social inequality through its network of Pride organizations, and to effect positive change through education, collaboration, advocacy and outreach.
The five day conference in Boston will feature a variety of activities and workshops for attendees to hear best practices, learn about event planning, a chance to network with fellow organizers, to find solutions to improve and enhance pride and community events, and to educate and energize the LGBT community. Workshops include a development and fundraising workshop called “From The Ground Up: Building Partnerships Not Sponsorships”; an event planning seminar titled “Grassroots Organizing And Community Mobilization”; a talk on the global outlook for the LGBT community, “The State of LGBT Human Rights in the World: “Have Rainbow, Will Travel — The International Experience Of The LGBTQ Community”; and a community building effort called “Old And Bold, Including LGBT Seniors In Pride,” among others.
“InterPride delegates will gain a lot of practical knowledge at the workshops and seminars,” said Sylvain Bruni, InterPride 2012 co-chair. “But they will also have the opportunity to learn about how their counterparts in communities around the world are taking on some of the challenges that we all face. We’re excited that so many presenters - more than 75 – are going to be a part of the event.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a pre-conference session in Provincetown, Mass. on Oct. 2-3. The pre-conference will feature workshops on fundraising and social media and also give attendees the chance to experience Provincetown’s rich cultural history. Provincetown has been named “the best gay resort town” in the U.S. (gaycities.com)