AGM and World Conference

The InterPride 2020 Annual General Meeting and World Conference will be organized and hosted by our member Oslo Pride.

Update on InterPride and EPOA AGM and World Conference

The InterPride and EPOA AGMs and World Conference that was to take place in Oslo in October 2020 has been moved to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virtual Conference will be held October 1-3, 2020. We have not taken the decision lightly and we want to thank the team at Oslo Pride who have worked so hard in planning the AGM and World Conference and who have been pragmatic and constructive as we worked towards our decision.

InterPride World Conference

Conference Registration is now open. Because of the format change, we will need everyone that previously paid for a registration for the in-person conference to re-register for the Virtual Conference.

  • There is no charge for registration, but all participants must be from a Member Pride Organization.
  • For security and connection reasons, all participants will need to register in advance; the deadline is September 20, 2020. Registrations received after that time will be charged $50.00 that will be earmarked for the Solidarity Fund.
  • All attendees need to register, even if they plan to attend by watching from the same devise with someone else.

Register Here

Time will be reserved for regional meetings to take place to conduct regional business and for members to network.

Please view a schedule of workshops below.

InterPride AGM

The InterPride AGM will be conducted in a virtual format on the weekends of October 3 and 4 and October 10 and 11, 2020. InterPride’s Conference Structure and Integrity Committee (CSIC) will be working with the officers of InterPride to finalize the meeting times so we can update the members on our progress and conduct the required business.

EPOA AGM

The EPOA AGM will go ahead online on October 3 and 4. The Board of EPOA will email members with information on how they can participate. Bids for EuroPride 2023, the AGM 2021 and board elections will go ahead.

Both the InterPride and EPOA schedules will be arranged to avoid clashes and to ensure all European members can attend both.

World Conference Caucuses

InterPride will continue the process of holding caucuses in conjunction with the conference. Earlier this year a committee worked to develop a list of caucuses to be held. We will schedule a ninety-minute session for each caucus the week prior to the conference with a shorter check-in scheduled during the conference weekend. We are looking for individuals from the affinity of a caucus to serve as the facilitator of each caucus. The facilitator’s mail role is to keep the discussion moving so all individuals can participate in the discussion.

Please email Hadi Damien if you are interested in serving as a facilitator of one of the caucuses:

  • Autism, Disabled, People with Reduced Mobility, People with Special Needs, People with Visual Impairments Caucus
  • Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming Caucus
  • Women’s Caucus will be facilitated by Debbie Brixey
  • People of Color & Indigenous People Caucus (Lo Roberts is working to identify the facilitator for this caucus)
  • People living with HIV Caucus
  • Bisexual Caucus
  • Small Prides Caucus
  • Seniors Caucus

Conference Refunds

Oslo Pride has begun the process of issuing refunds to everyone that has already paid for their registration. If you did not receive your refund by June 1, 2020, please email agm@oslopride.no.

2021 AGM and World Conference

We are considering moving the 2021 Conference in Guadalajara to 2022 and holding a virtual conference in its place. Please complete a short survey based on what you know about the response and future plans from COVID-19.

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World Conference Workshops

Tentative dates for the workshops. 

Thursday (October 1)

#StartUpYourPride - Turn Your Idea into a Real Venture (For or Non-Profit)

Kenneth Kwok, He/him/his
Better Together Foundation

LGBTQIA+ individuals have the most creative ideas! However, have you ever had a genius business idea struck you only to fizzle out in the end because you have no idea of how to bring it to the next level? No more! From considering and analysing the relevant markets, carrying out competitive analysis and modelling your business, to creating a mock-up, executing a market survey and developing your final product or initiative - come join this special #StartUpYourPride event. Come ready with an idea, and post them in the chat room so that we can go over them during the session - applies to both for-profit and nonprofit ideas! Let's empower each other socially and economically!


Pride 365: Leveraging Your Resources For Year-Round Engagement and Advocacy

Jen LaBarbera, they/she
San Diego Pride / InterPride Women's Caucus

As Pride organizations and organizers we are all connected to a vast LGBTQIA+network within our respective communities. Why limit that mobilization to once a year? Email lists, volunteers, partner organizations, social media followers, and more can all help you build up the power of your regional LGBTQIA+community. Learn successful best practices of building out a Pride 365 model, and the challenges you may face along the way. Materials will be provided for taking these concepts back home with you to work within your own boards and communities as well as leaving time during the workshop to brainstorm ideas as a group.


Organizing Pride events in a conservative society

Rahul Upadhyay, He/His/Him
Orenda

Organizing Pride events in a conservative society is one of the most difficult tasks as we go against societal norms. The objective of organizing this workshop is to share the experiences of organizing pride parades and pride events in a conservative society. Being the founder-organizer of Gandhinagar Queer Pride in a conservative city like Gandhinagar, sharing personal experiences can be helpful for people who are struggling to organize pride events in their regions.


T&T

Rudolph Hanamji, He/him/his
PrideTT

Kommer // Original beskrivelse: Our workshop will utilise T&T as a case study for managing conflict between related but divergent groups in a diverse, multicultural, intersectional society - and guide attendees through practical methodologies in how to overcome conflict in a value-adding manner, without compromising principle.


Mind Your Language

Debbie Brixey, She/her
Witney Pride/InterPride

A look at the use of accessible and inclusive language away from LGBTQIA+ terminology. Who is our audience? Are we excluding the very people we should be reaching? This workshop will ask you to look at inclusivity for people with learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments and English as an additional language.


A Space of Our Own: Creating Trans-Inclusive Women’s Pride Events and Spaces

Jen LaBarbera, they/she
San Diego Pride / InterPride Women's Caucus

Women’s pride events and LGBTQIA+ women’s spaces are still deeply relevant and needed today -- and it is also true that women’s pride events and LGBTQIA+ women’s spaces have a painful history of excluding trans people, including both nonbinary folks and trans women. In the past few years, we’ve also seen a troubling rise in anti-trans feminist rhetoric within our own LGBTQIA+ community. How do we respond to or disrupt anti-trans feminist rhetoric in our LGBTQIA+ Pride spaces? How do we build truly trans-inclusive LGBTQIA+ women’s spaces and events? In this presentation, learn about the history of queer women’s spaces - the good and the bad - and join participants and moderators in having a productive and practical conversation about creating women’s spaces that disrupt anti-trans feminism and create a space for all of us.


Sober Spaces and Events at Pride

Collin R Wynter, He/Him
Action Your Self

Sober spaces and events are a beneficial inclusion into the Pride festivities. Many folks are now choosing not to consume alcohol or other substances during Pride, but still want to participate in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Sober spaces are commonly found at Pride events in the guise of sensory sensitive zones or health tents. However, many individuals do not need sanctity spaces, but instead are looking for a party zone free of substances. Just because people are sober doesn't mean they don't know how to party. Collin will share his journey and he compares his experience at Pride before and after becoming sober. This will be an open discussion on how sober Pride events are being held, what are some of the funding barriers, and how do you have a conversation with your local pride board. Collin will lead the conversation, but is happy to open the floor to comments and sharing from other members in the community in regards to the proliferation of sober event spaces at Pride.


Pride behind the politics

Jed Dowling, He/him
Dublin LGBTQIA+Pride

While attention is often focused on the importance of Pride organisers working with politicians to advance LGBTQIA+ rights, this panel discussion will examine the value of working closely with civil servants/government employees to bring policies to life and champion change at national and international level from within. Case studies discussed will include: the establishment of an LGBTQIA+ staff network within the Irish Civil Service and their participation in Pride; project with Dublin Pride and the Norwegian Ambassador to Dublin to establish a Diplomats for Equality group in Ireland and relationships with Irish Embassies abroad to champion LGBTQIA+ rights in other countries. This will be a panel discussion with Jed Dowling (Dublin Pride), Philippa Ryder (founder of Irish Civil Service LGBTI Staff Network and trans activist), a member of the Irish Embassy in Oslo, 1-2 other panelists TBC.


Disrupting Anti-Trans Feminist Advocacy: An Interactive Training

Heron Greenesmith, They/them

United by a shared investment in gender essentialism, Christian Right organizations and anti-trans feminists are deliberately partnering to give anti-transgender advocacy the appearance of a broader consensus across the political spectrum. This interactive workshop shares information on who the leaders of anti-trans feminist advocacy are, and which organizations, media outlets, and spokespeople on the Right are platforming these activists. You’ll learn about common anti-trans feminist rhetoric and practice how to disrupt this rhetoric.


Autism Spectrum Disorder, and sexuality

Richard Bell, Masculine

Autism Spectrum Disorder, and sexuality. It is to show that those on the spectrum are sexual beings, and adults should not be seen as children.


Friday (October 2)

Access to justice for targeted groups regarding racism and discrimination

Åsa S. Hebnes, She
DiMe - Diskriminerings Hjelpen og Meglings Benken

Presenting "DiMe", a low-threshold legal aid clinic in Oslo Norway, that offers free legal help and mediation for targeted groups. The importance of this legal-aid measure and how we started DiMe. This lecture is for everyone, but especially those who are interested in working with/or working for giving targeted groups access to justice.


Adapting to evolution – changing InterPride from the bottom up

Robyn Kennedy (she/her) Frank van Dalen (he/his) TBC Julian Sanjivan (they/them) TBC,
First Mardi Gras/InterPride

InterPride has committed to a change process to address existing limitations and barriers to inclusion and participation. The workshop will outline the bottom up process that will explore the overarching question of what a global umbrella organisation for Prides should look like. The workshop will scope the issues that will inform a broad outreach and consultation strategy about what structure, operational methods and governance would enable InterPride to effectively meet the challenges of an evolving Pride movement.


Living Proudly, Living Longer: Incorporating LGBTQIA+Health Promotion at Pride Event

Adrian Shanker, He/him
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

LGBTQIA+ people experience health inequities and health disparities impacting every aspect of our lives. In this workshop, facilitated by a pride organizer and healthcare activist, attendees will learn strategies to incorporate health promotion into their pride celebrations. Utilizing case studies, the facilitator will provide examples of promising practices to address sexual health, tobacco prevention, COVID-19 prevention, substance-free environments, and mental health resources into both in-person and virtual pride events. The workshop will also include strategies for generating revenue in support of health promotion at Pride events!


Material Iconography and Symbolic Unity: A Dramaturgical Analysis of a Unity Flags

Harold Steward, they/he

During this session, we will explore the composition of LGBTQIA+ symbols like Unity
Flags and the social, cultural, and political realities connected to these symbols#39; main
elements in the lives of the individual they claim to represent. Through dramaturgical
analysis, conscience raising and critical conversations we will explore systematic ways
a global LGBTQIA+ community can advance material culture and use it as a
springboard toward social actions that materialize unity and equity.


Pride and Prejudice - Are LGBTQIA+ Elders The Forgotten Population

Sherri Rase
Jersey Pride

The Stonewall Rebellion happened more than 50 years ago, and people who came out in the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s are now part of a growing population of elders. Who are our elders? How many are there? Are our events welcoming and accessible for the people upon whose work our work is built?

This workshop presents information on recognizing LGBTQIA+ elders, understanding needs, elevating voices and assuring all are welcome at events we create. Intergenerational learning and the passing of experience from one generation to the next is key to how we make the world that celebrates us all.


Volunteer Empowerment: Building A Powerful Volunteer-Led Organization

Jen LaBarbera, they/she
San Diego Pride / InterPride Women's Caucus

Volunteers are the power and reason for successful Pride organizations. Learn how to build a robust volunteer-led Pride organization. Hear about volunteer organizational structure, training, standard operating procedures, and feedback strategies that can help you empower others, develop volunteers as empowered leaders in the LGBTQIA+ community, and lift your organization. Presenters will provide insight and resources to help you take your volunteer program to the next level, as well as provide template agreements and standard operating procedures for an effective volunteer program.


HIV challenges, PrEP and prevention

Heming Welde Thorbjørnsen, him/his
Hiv Norge

We would like to boost awareness and competency about how HIV impacts the lives of LGBTQI persons whether they are living with the infection or not. Although the HIV epidemic is on retreat in most western countries, there are still severe problems with stigma and shame for people living with HIV even within the LGBTQI demographic, and infection prevention and control is extremely important to reach the goal of stopping HIV from spreading within the next ten years. How do we talk about HIV and preventive measures such as PrEP, condom use and abstinence in the LGBTQI population? How can we fight stigma, reduce shame and fear and educate people about preventing HIV infection?


How to Include Trans Identities in your Pride

Ashley Mayfaire, she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
Trans Pride Fort Lauderdale

You will learn best practices for the meaningful inclusion of Trans identities within your Pride organization and festival, and be able to ask questions and learn more about the Trans community. Facilitated by the co-founders of Trans Pride Fort Lauderdale.


2Spirit/Indigenous LGBTQIA+ Resurgence in the 21st Century

Albert McLeod, She/He
Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc.

Reclamation of Indigenous LGBTQIA+ history and traditions in a colonized state
Participants will learn about how 2Spirit/Indigenous LGBTQIA+ people are reclaiming their pre-contact histories and traditional roles and teachings in Canada and the US.Lecture style using a PowerPoint.


Combating Racism within the Queer community

Richard Bell, Masculine

The workshop is about recognizing the danger and presence of implicit bias, racial and cultural insensitivity, and systemic racism within the queer community.


Saturday (October 3) - 2 PM GMT

G-Suite is Really Sweet!

Jeff Prystajko, He/him/his
Come Out With Pride (Orlando)

Google provides their G-Suite of applications to nonprofit organizations for free, but with so much included it can be difficult to take advantage of all the products' features. In this session we'll dive into several core applications including Drive, Docs, Forms and more while also exploring the Admin settings to ensure tools and users are set up properly. With the right knowledge, your Pride will become more efficient and be better positioned to focus on all your other goals!


Living with HIV

Heming Welde Thorbjørnsen, him/his
Hiv Norge


Moving Towards Being a Trigger Safe Communities

Deepak Kashyap, He/him
Toronto Mindfulness Centre

Our communities and it's individuals are no strangers to past trauma related to our very beings and sexuality. What we react to – our “triggers”– are unique to our personality and individual history. It would do us good, to think of triggers as trauma wounds. When we’re triggered, we’re re-experiencing a past injury in the present time – similar to a post-traumatic stress reaction.

How can we look at our own past and the emotional injuries in a way that we don't, invariably, feel helpless in front of a trigger and feel that we cannot hold onto a sense of control over our 'reactions' to it. Let's talk about gaining power and peace of our own lives.


How to Include Trans Identities in your Pride

Ashley Mayfaire, she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
Trans Pride Fort Lauderdale

You will learn best practices for the meaningful inclusion of Trans identities within your Pride organization and festival, and be able to ask questions and learn more about the Trans community. Facilitated by the co-founders of Trans Pride Fort Lauderdale.


Pride and Prejudice - Are LGBTQIA+ Elders The Forgotten Population

Sherri Rase
Jersey Pride

The Stonewall Rebellion happened more than 50 years ago, and people who came out in the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s are now part of a growing population of elders. Who are our elders? How many are there? Are our events welcoming and accessible for the people upon whose work our work is built?

This workshop presents information on recognizing LGBTQIA+ elders, understanding needs, elevating voices and assuring all are welcome at events we create. Intergenerational learning and the passing of experience from one generation to the next is key to how we make the world that celebrates us all.


Social Justice Workers and Warriors: An Activist Dilemma

Deepak Kashyap, He/him
Toronto Mindfulness Centre

We have seen shifts in patterns of how we seek social justice and negotiate our legitimate space in a world dominated by few. While the noble ideals of equality, liberty and justice matters to us all, the manner in which we seek them decides the health of the outcomes. Do our intentions readily translate into skills to 'fight' the 'good fight?' What lessons can we draw from two styles of activism?


Saturday, October 3, 2020

7pm GMT; 3pm NYC; 4am Sydney to 11pm GMT; 7pm NYC; 8am Sydney

InterPride Plenary

Welcomes and Reports, no scheduled voting

Saturday, October 10, 2020

2pm GMT; 10am NYC; 11pm Sydney to 6pm GMT; 2pm NYC; 3am Sydney

InterPride Plenary