|Founder(s)||Rick Turner and Marsha H. Levine|
|Focus(es)||Organizations producing LGBT Pride parades and other events|
|Method(s)||Capacity build, coalition building, public education|
|Motto||InterPride is the International Association of LGBTI Pride Organizers.|
InterPride is one of the few international LGBT entities in operation continuously since the 1980s. InterPride is incorporated in the State of Texas and has been granted Tax Exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Geared towards networking, education, and mentoring, the group boasts a membership of more than 160 Gay Pride organizations with worldwide representation from more than 35 countries in 162 cities, dedicated to LGBT Pride parades and other events.
Formation of InterPride
In April 1981, Pride Coordinators Rick Turner and Marsha H. Levine, from San Francisco and Boston respectively, met at "Call To Unite" – a gay and lesbian leadership conference in Los Angeles, and the start of an organization then known as NOLAG (National Organization of Lesbians and Gays). While discussing common issues that their individual Pride organizations faced, and remarking that their connections with the New York and Los Angeles Pride committees were helpful for problem-solving, Rick and Marsha felt this trading of information was important and could develop into a potential network.
More than a year later (August 1982), Levine sent out a call for the First Annual Conference of the National Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators (NAL/GPC)*, to meet in Boston. With the aid of San Diego Gay Pride Committee and chairperson Doug Moore, who had been collecting a list of national Pride organizations, and with small donations from the Los Angeles and Boston Pride Committees, the mailing list from Moore was used to distribute a self-mailing registration form designed and produced by Levine. Though many committees expressed an interest in attending, most didn’t have the funds to send delegates at that time. (*Rick Turner [deceased] declined joining in establishing the organization, due to his declining health.)
On October 9, 1982, in the historic Hill House brownstone row house at 74 Joy Street on famous Beacon Hill, members from the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco Pride committees gathered in response to Levine's mailing.
The meeting site was just down the street from the renowned Freedom Trail, and just steps away from Boston’s Pride parade route and rally site. Three long tables were pushed together to make a triangular seating area. For two days many topics concerning coordinating lesbian/gay pride was discussed, and while each city had different events, they discovered much of the planning and logistics was surprisingly similar. They voted to hold a second conference in San Diego the next year.
The 16 people in attendance at that first call were:
- Boston - Marsha H. Levine
- New York - Tony Gambino [deceased] (and lover), Brian O'Dell, David Colle [deceased], Janet Love, Fred Goldhaber [deceased], R. Paul Martin
- San Francisco - Konstantine Berlandt [deceased], Glenne McElhinney
- Chicago - Rich Pfeiffer
- San Diego - Doug Moore
- Los Angeles - George Piazzi, Sharon Tobin, Cheryl Ruddy [deceased], Sean Johnson [deceased]
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- Gary A. Van Horn Jr. - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
- Sue Doster - New York City, New York, United States
- Vice Presidents of Operations
- Shannon Lank - Phoenix, Arizona, United States
- Cain Williamson - Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- Emilio Aguilar - Madrid, Spain
- Marion Steele - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Vice President of Member Services
- Position Vacant at Present Time
- Linda DeMarco - Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Brett Hayhoe - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
History and Milestones
|October 1985||During the organization's conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with representatives of Toronto, Ontario, and Germany in attendance, the membership voted to officially change the organization's name from the National Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators, to the International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators (IAL/GPC). The organization also pledged to continue reaching out to other countries.|
|October 1997||During the organization's conference in New York, its membership voted to establish the "WorldPride" title and awarded it to the city of Rome, Italy, for the year 2000.|
|October 1998||The 17th annual InterPride Conference, in Los Angeles, California, United States.|
|October 1999||The first conference held outside North America, in Glasgow, Scotland.|
|July 2000||The first WorldPride was held in Rome, Italy, coinciding with the Great Jubilee.|
|October 2001||The first conference held in the southern hemisphere, in Auckland, New Zealand.|
|October 2002||The 21st annual InterPride conference, in San Francisco, California, United States.|
|October 2003||The first conference held in a city that did not use English as its primary language, in Montreal, Quebec. The conference itself was still conducted in English.|
|October 2004||The 22nd annual InterPride conference and the first conference held in a non-English speaking country, in Reykjavik, Iceland.|
|May 2005||The second WorldPride was postponed until August 2006, due to military and religious unrest in the region.|
|October 2005||The 23rd annual InterPride conference, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.|
|August 2006||The second WorldPride took place, after over a year of delays, in Jerusalem, Israel. The scheduled parade was denied a permit owing to the 2006 Lebanon War.|
|October 2006||The 24th annual InterPride conference, in Portland, Maine.|
|October 2007||The 25th annual InterPride conference, in Zurich, Switzerland.|
|October 2008||The 26th annual InterPride conference, in Vancouver, B.C.|
|October 2009||The 27th annual InterPride conference, in St Petersburg, Florida.|
|October 2010||The 28th annual InterPride conference, in Long Beach, California.|
|October 2011||The 29th annual InterPride conference, in Brussels, Belgium.|
|July 2012||WorldPride was held in London, England, UK|
|October 2012||The 30th annual InterPride conference, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.|
|October 2013||The 31st annual InterPride conference, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.|
|June 2014||WorldPride to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.|
|Oct 2014||The 32nd annual InterPride conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.|
|Oct 2015||The 33rd annual InterPride conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.|
|June 2017||WorldPride to be held in Madrid, Spain.|
During the last 29 years, Pride organizations from almost every continent have participated in InterPride's annual world conference.
The conference is held each year in a different city, with the location of upcoming conferences being voted on two years prior to their occurrence. To demonstrate a commitment to support and empower the global LGBT Pride community, the conference is now frequently held outside North America, with scholarships available for member organizations that cannot afford to attend through the Pamela O'Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund. O'Brien was a longtime member of Cape Cod Pride in Massachusetts, USA and served InterPride as a Regional Director and Vice President of Operations.
The 2007 InterPride Conference was held in Zürich, Switzerland from October 11–14, 2007
The 2008 InterPride Conference was held October 23–26 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The 2009 InterPride Conference was held October 15–18 in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States.
The 2010 InterPride Conference was held October 21–24 in Long Beach, California, United States.
The 2011 InterPride Conference was held October 20–23 in Brussels, Belgium.
The 2012 InterPride Conference was held October 4–7 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
The 2013 InterPride Conference was held October 10–13 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The 2014 InterPride Conference will be held October 23–26 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.
The 2015 InterPride Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
In addition, several of the regions into which InterPride is divided hold their own conferences independent of the worldwide conference. http://interpride.org/calendar/regional-conferences/
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