Beginning Wednesday, more than 200 delegates from 83 organizations around the world are scheduled to attend the 30th annual World Conference of InterPride, an association of groups representing lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people.
The five-day conference at the Sheraton Boston Hotel is a homecoming for the international organization, formally known as the International Association of Pride Organizers and Organizations.
Originally called the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Pride Coordinators, the organization was founded 30 years ago in Boston when organizers of Pride events from Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego met here. Boston Pride is host of this year’s event.
“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 conference, in a statement. “Our community faces similar 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.”
The attendees represent groups from 17 countries, including the African nations of Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda, where a bill introduced in Parliament would impose the death penalty on some homosexual acts. European delegates from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, and Iceland will also attend, as will representatives from US neighbors Canada and Mexico and countries as far away as Australia and the Philippines.
The conference will include 72 workshops and a variety of other activities for attendees to learn about planning Pride events and to network with fellow organizers. Openly gay WCVB newscaster Randy Price and meteorologist David Brown will participate in a panel discussion Thursday at noon on how to deal with media outlets.
“InterPride delegates will have the chance to gain a lot of practical knowledge at the workshops and seminars,” said Sylvain Bruni, the event’s co-chair, in the statement. “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 presented — more than 75 — are going to be a part of the event.”
This year’s conference also heralds a technological innovation for InterPride with the introduction of an official application for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices. The app allows users to keep track of workshop and activity schedules and details, to use maps to locate events, to upload photos, and to connect with other attendees.
“We’re very excited to unveil this app for the LGBT community worldwide,” said Linda DeMarco, president of Boston Pride, in a statement. “The app will serve as a great guide to the city for the InterPride delegates attending the conference.”
The InterPride 2012 Annual Conference takes place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel from Oct. 3 – 7. For more information, visit http://www.InterPride2012.org.