InterPride

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InterPride
InterPride logo
Type 501(c)(3)
Founded October 1982 (1982-10)
Founder(s) Rick Turner and Marsha H. Levine
Area served Global
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.
Formerly called National Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators, International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators, International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators
Website Official website

InterPride is an international organization representing and composed of producers of pride events for the LGBT community that celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture and pride.

History[edit]

Image from the first WorldPride, held in Rome on July 8, 2000

InterPride was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Texas in the 1980s. The organization was originally known as the National Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators (NAL/GPC), before changing the name to International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Coordinators (IAL/GPC) in October 1985, the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators at the conference in West Hollywood, California, and eventually to InterPride in the late 1990s.[1]

Formation of InterPride[edit]

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 Pride 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 in 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. Rick Turner, now deceased, declined joining in establishing the organization, due to his declining health. With the aid of San Diego 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.[1]

On October 9, 1982, in the Hill House on 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. Three long tables were pushed together to make a triangular seating area. For two days many topics concerning coordinating LGBT prides 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.[2]

The 16 people in attendance at that first gathering were:

Boston - Marsha H. Levine
New York - Tony Gambino [deceased] (and partner), 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]

Milestones[edit]

Date Milestone
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.[1]
October 1999 The first conference held outside North America, in Glasgow, Scotland.[1]
October 2001 The first conference held in the southern hemisphere, in Auckland, New Zealand. Delegates were welcomed by the New Zealand Prime Minister.[1]
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.[1]
October 2004 The 22nd annual InterPride conference and the first conference held in a non-English speaking country, in Reykjavik, Iceland.[1]
May 2005 The second WorldPride was postponed until August 2006, due to military and religious unrest in the region.

Membership[edit]

The organization's membership comprises more than 160 LGBT pride organizations with representation from more than 35 countries in 162 cities. Member prides include:[3]

Activities[edit]

Marchers at Pride London, host of WorldPride 2012

InterPride's programs and activities are geared towards networking, education, and mentoring.[2]

Conferences[edit]

During the last 29 years, pride organizations from almost every continent have participated in InterPride's annual world conference.[4]

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.[5]

In addition, several of the regions into which InterPride is divided hold their own conferences independent of the worldwide conference.[2]

Annual world conference[6]
Year Theme Host city
1982 None Boston, MA USA
1983 None San Diego, CA USA
1984 Unity & More in ‘84 Wichita, KS USA
1985 Alive with Pride in ‘85 Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
1986 Forward Together San Francisco, CA USA
1987 Proud, Strong, United Baltimore, MD USA
1988 Rightfully Proud St. Louis, MO USA
1989 Stonewall 20 – A Generation of Pride Vancouver, BC Canada
1990 Look to the Future Minneapolis, MN USA
1991 Together in Pride Boston, MA USA
1992 Pride = Power Long Beach, CA USA
1993 A Family of Pride Houston, TX USA
1994 Stonewall 25 – A Global Celebration of Lesbian & Gay Pride & Protest Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
1995 Pride – From Silence to Celebration Phoenix, AZ USA
1996 Pride Without Borders Kansas City, KS USA
1997 Equality Through Visibility New York, NY USA
1998 Unity Through Diversity West Hollywood, CA USA
1999 Prideful Past, Powerful Future Glasgow, Scotland
2000 Take Pride, Take Joy, Take Action Atlanta, GA USA
2001 Embrace Diversity Auckland, New Zealand
2002 Pride Worldwide San Francisco, CA USA
2003 Peace Through Pride Montréal, PQ Canada
2004 Vive La Difference Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 Equal Rights. No More. No Less. Minneapolis, MN USA
2006 Pride – Not Prejudice Portland, ME USA
2007 United For Equality Zurich, Switzerland
2008 Live Love Be Vancouver, BC Canada
2009 Your Rights, Our Rights, Human Rights St. Petersburg, FL USA
2010 One Heart, One World, One Pride Long Beach, CA USA
2011 Pride Around the World Brussels, Belgium
2012 Pride Links Us Together Boston, MA, USA
2013 Pride 365 Montreal, PQ, Canada
2014 Reflections of Pride – Stonewall 45 Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2015 Color Our World with Pride Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WorldPride[edit]

Main article: WorldPride
Marchers at Pride Toronto 2014 with signs commemorating significant events in LGBT history in Canada. In 2014, Toronto hosted WorldPride.

WorldPride is a title awarded by InterPride to local prides that seek the title to promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. WorldPrides are held at least two years apart.[7]

Date Host city Notes
July 2000 Rome, Italy Coincided with the Great Jubilee
August 2006 Jerusalem, Israel Took place after over a year of delays. The scheduled parade was denied a permit owing to the 2006 Lebanon War.[8][9]
July 2012 London, England, United Kingdom
June 2014 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 2017 Madrid, Spain

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "History". InterPride. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Robinson, Charlotte (October 12, 2012). "InterPride 2012 Co-Chairs on Celebrating 30 Years of Global Pride". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Our Members". InterPride. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Houston, Andrea (October 8, 2013). "Xtra heads to Montreal for the InterPride conference". Daily Xtra. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Scholarship". InterPride. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Themes & Host Cities". InterPride. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "WorldPride". InterPride. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Buchanan, Wyatt. "Broad Opposition to World Pride in Jerusalem", The San Francisco Chronicle, July 26, 2006. Accessed August 5, 2007.
  9. ^ "Jerusalem gay rights group delays WorldPride events due to Gaza withdrawal"[dead link], The Advocate, May 17, 2005

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