PRESS RELEASE: InterPride, the international association of Pride Organizers, holds its 41st annual General Meeting & World Conference in San Diego, October 25–29, 2023


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3 min readOct 25, 2023


SAN DIEGO, OCTOBER 23, 2023–381 delegates representing 139 Pride organizations from 32 countries across the world will be flocking to San Diego to network, share knowledge, engage with each other, and work on the business of their organization, InterPride, in the frame of its 41st annual General Meeting & World Conference (GM&WC).

The GM&WC features high-level sessions and networking opportunities to help Pride organizers better understand their dynamics, acknowledge diversity, recognize their respective manifold realities, and foster a climate of encouragement and healthy exchanges of ideas.

The Co-Presidents of InterPride, Hadi Damien and Natalie Thompson, said: “We’re delighted to be back in San Diego after 40 years, and we say a big THANK YOU to San Diego Pride and to the InterPride team for pulling this event together.”

“InterPride is not just an assembly of global advocates; it is an annual culmination of our shared legacy, a reaffirmation of our collective strength, and a testament to the power of unity forged out of our vibrantly diverse communities,” stated Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride executive director. “It’s an honor to be part of an organization that helped lay InterPride’s foundation and to host the 40th-anniversary return of the conference to our beautiful city.”

59 workshops, 8 caucuses, 2 plenaries, social events, and other open spaces and moments offer Pride delegates the opportunity to meet, share ideas, feedback, and desires for a better future.

Our collective hope is that by the end of the GM&WC, Pride delegates would have built stronger connections, broaden their horizons, developed their leadership, and become better equipped to engage with all that affects the realities of Pride organizers all over the world.

As InterPride rounds out its 40th year, this GM&WC is an opportunity for Pride organizers to meet new members that have joined the organization, and to see the many familiar and returning faces.

InterPride was founded in 1982 by Marsha H. Levine* from the Boston Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee, Rick Turner from San Francisco Pride, and Doug Moore* from San Diego Pride.

Founding Members hail from the following organizations: Pride Chicago (Rich Pfeiffer), Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee (Tony Gambino, Dave Colle, AJanet Love*, Brian O’Dell*, Fred Goldhaber, R. Paul Martin*), Christopher Street West/LA (George Piazzi*, Sean Johnson, Sharon Tobin*, Cheryl Ruddy), and San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Committee (Glenne McElhenny*, Konstantin Bertlandt).

Individuals whose names are marked with an asterisk (*) are the only surviving ones.

List of the 32 countries of the participating Pride organizations in alphabetical order: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, India, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, México, Nepal, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.


Founded in 1974, San Diego LGBT Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is: Fostering pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally.

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