InterPride Membership Listening Tour With Richard Brethour-Bell

Richard is taking the lead to hear from members on improving and making InterPride a stronger organization.

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4 min readAug 24


We want to hear from you!

InterPride offers two options for providing input, feedback, or suggestions to advance our work. You can participate in a group or one-on-one format.

Before attending the group or one-on-one session, we are asking you to fill out the brief survey:

CLICK HERE to fill out the brief survey.

About Richard Brethour-Bell (he/him/his)

Richard Brethour-Bell (Vice President, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion | Co-Chair, Human Rights Committee | Coordinator, Racism & Oppression Awareness Program (ROAP) at InterPride) was raised in South Central Los Angeles, California. At age 12, he became one of the few inner-city students chosen to attend school in the affluent West San Fernando Valley of L.A. County. After graduating high school, Richard could not afford to attend college. However, the dream of becoming a college graduate never left him. After struggling with his sexuality for decades, Richard began to live his authentic life in his 30s. He met his partner James Brethour in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2008, and the two married in James’ native Toronto, Canada, in 2010. They now live in Los Alamos, NM. The moment Richard accepted his truth, he began to fight for equality. He spoke before the New Mexico State Senate, demanding the right to marry after witnessing friends lose their homes and financial security when a partner died. He joined the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance (HRA), the organization that produces Santa Fe Pride and became president. The organization created an LGBT+ Presidential Scholarship for the local community college.

In addition to leading the HRA, Richard has served as Region 3 director, CAPI VP, and WorldPride Co-Chair. Richard and James started a small business, and Richard completed college, earned a Master’s in Healthcare Administration, received a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Disabilities (LEND) fellowship, and is now in the process of completing a Special Education Teaching certification. He currently works for the New Mexico Corrections Department Health Services Bureau. There, Richard provides workshops for inmates and their families on Substance Use Disorders, Opioid Overdose Prevention, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Cultural Humility, and a variety of other topics in a combined effort with the Department of Health to reduce overdose deaths, and recidivism. Richard’s public speaking extends outside of his secular position. He has given workshops on Implicit Bias Awareness, Rainbow Racism, Misandry and Misogyny, and Autism and the LGBT+ Community to multiple pride organizations, businesses, and schools, domestic and international. As V.P. of Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion, I will continue to promote equality and equity to continue the evolution of InterPride. We’ve made strides, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels but to continue striving for growth, inclusion, and accessibility. When InterPride is strong, we’re in a better position to support membership.

Group Format

Three group sessions are being offered on the following dates:

  • September 6, 2023, at 4:00 PM PDT | 7:00 PM EDT | 11:00 PM GMT
  • September 14, 2023, at 8:00 AM PDT | 11:00 AM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT
  • September 19, 2023, at 12:00 PM PDT | 3:00 PM EDT | 7:00 PM GMT

CLICK HERE to book a group session with Richard.


Three dates are being offered to individuals for 30 minutes per time slot on the following dates:

  • September 9, 2023, between 8:00 AM PDT | 11:00 AM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT
  • September 14, 2023, between 8:00 AM PDT | 11:00 AM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT
  • September 17, 2023, between 8:00 AM PDT | 11:00 AM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT

CLICK HERE to book a one-on-one with Richard.

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