How We Work
InterPrides work is organized in 10 committees and 3 subcommittees/working groups. In the list below are descriptions of the work every single committee contributes to the functioning of the organization.
Anyone affiliated with a member organization can, and is encouraged, to participate in the committees. The board of directors is in charge of keeping them functional. Members of the board are free to choose which and how many committees that they wish to serve on, as long as it is at least one. The work of InterPride committees may be of personal interest to the individual, as well as relate to the organizations in the region. Serving on one of these committees will give you a perspective beyond your own organization and region.
The role of this committee to take care of all InterPride communications - both internally and externally.
This includes our: Website; Facebook and Twitter accounts; monthly Newsletter; Media Releases; organizational Brochures and Publications; Annual Report; and maintaining various databases.
The Communications Committee also works closely with all other committees to assist in the writing of any required correspondence, including Letters of Support.
This committee is very active and the work continues all-year-round.
Co-Chairs: Esteban Herevia, Mazz Image, Mark Monk and Jeff Prystajko
If you wish to contact the Communications Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
The main focus of CSIC is to ensure the bidding process and execution of the Annual General Meeting and World Conference adheres to the standing rules in InterPride’s Methods and Standards Guide.
The committee performs many tasks in order to achieve this goal. The committee meets monthly to discuss updating current procedures. This includes bidding procedures, minimum meal requirements, reviewing the proposed AGM schedule and any other item pertaining to the Annual General Meeting and World Conference.
The committee Co-Chairs and members assist potential member organizations in preparing their bid. They are also available to answer questions and provide feedback. Member organizations are welcome to attend committee meetings to listen to the process and ask questions.
CSIC provides an overall framework for producing an Annual General Meeting and World Conference, but the host committee has the latitude to exceed any minimum expectation CSIC has mandated.
Co-Chairs: Barry Karlenzig, Chandramoulee LU and Jen LaBarbera
If you wish to contact the CSIC Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded accordingly.
Our Rules for Hosting an AGM & World Conference - a Guide to what you need to do
The Finance Committee is tasked with the following areas of specific responsibility oversight:
- Reviewing the organization’s accounting procedures and financial statements to ensure that they are in order and up to date.
- Assisting the Treasurer
- In maintaining and updating the membership dues reimbursement forms.
- In ensuring that the membership dues form is provided the Member Services Committee for distribution.
- In ensuring that the reimbursement form is provided the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for their use. Coordinating the creation of the annual budget and periodically reviewing income and expenditures in comparison to the budget.
- Reviewing and proposing policies related to the organization’s finances.
Chair: Dave Wait
If you wish to contact the Finance Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
This purpose of this committee is to help plan and develop revenue creation for InterPride. The Fund Development Committee uses traditional and non traditional methods to increase revenue for the organization above membership dues, scholarship and/or solidarity funds.
Donations are gratefully accepted and members to this committee are welcome to join at anytime. The entire Board of InterPride serves on this committee.
Co-Chairs: Dot Belstler, Hadi Damien and Jonathan Foulk
If you wish to contact the Fund Development Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded accordingly.
This committee is responsible for the overall health of the board in close association with the Co-Presidents. The Governance Committee is tasked with the following areas of specific responsibility and/or oversight:
Board Education Programming
– New Board Member Orientations
– Coordinating mentors for board members
Board member accountability
– Board Member and Committee Co-Chairs Agreement
– Track Board Compliance
Co-Chairs: Clive Davis, Eve Keller, Bobby MacPherson and Jorge Solorio
If you wish to contact the Governance Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
The Hiring Committee (HC) is newly formed and is a subcommittee under the Governance Committee. The main purpose of this committee is to recruit candidates for InterPride, including for the various projects or positions that require a consultant, temporary hire or full-time staff hire.
Co-Chairs: Marsha H. Levine and Rahul Upadhyay
If you wish to contact the Hiring Subcommittee, email firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded accordingly.
- ThePride Radar report – This document, first published in 2012, documents all known LGBTI Pride events and organizations around the globe and assesses the degree of LGBTI hostility of the environment in which they operate. The updated 2016/17 PrideRadar is available to view and download on the "Resources" page of this website.
- The Solidarity Fund – This modest grant program makes relatively small grants on an annual basis to support locally organized Pride and Pride-like events.
Co-Chairs: Jannat Ali and Richard Brethour-Bell
If you wish to contact the Human Rights Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
Through these tasks, the Human Rights Committee encourages diverse LGBTI communities around the world to organize Pride events. We hope that the future will see Pride events happening in all countries around the world without incident or government intervention.
Human Rights Overview
ILGA’s 2014 State Sponsored Homophobia Report points out that there are still 78 countries in there world, almost one-third of all countries, where homosexuality is criminalized. The report goes on to point out there are at least 5 known countries where homosexuality is punishable by death and a handful of others where it is unclear if this is the case. These statistics make it clear that, despite the advances that have been made in some places around the globe, LGBTI people still face violations of their basic human rights on a regular basis.
InterPride is keenly aware of the lack of legal and social equality for LGBTI people around the world and recognizes the need to push for global equality for LGBTI people. We stand behind the belief that all people are born free and equal with dignity and rights.
InterPride supports the Yogyakarta Principles, a set of principles applying international human rights law to violations experienced by lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transgender and intersex people to ensure protections.
InterPride believes that there are many ways to advocate for equality but, as LGBTI Pride organizers, one of the most powerful is simply by being visible. We stand with the people around the world who risk their jobs, their friends and families and even their lives to be visible in the worthy pursuit of moving the places they live, and consequently the world, to a place where acceptance of, and support for, the basic human dignity of LGBTI people exists.
With this in mind, InterPride’s Human Rights program consists of two primary efforts:
- ThePride Radar report – This document, first published in 2012 documents all known LGBTI Pride events and organizations around the globe and assesses the degree of LGBTI hostility of the environment in which they operate. The updated 2016/17 PrideRadar is available to view and/or download on the downloads page of this website.
- TheSolidarity Fund – This modest grant program makes relatively small grants on an annual basis to support locally organized Pride and Pride-like events.
For more information about either of these programs, visit the link provided above or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Rights Links
Below are a list of links to international associations involved with varying aspects of human rights around the globe. The Human Rights Committee will be adding to this list as organizations are identified.
ILGA - International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
Harvey Milk Foundation - Harvey Milk’s dream for a better tomorrow filled with the hope for equality and a world without hate guides this Foundation.
IGLTA - International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights.
The Member Services Committee is the direct link to the organization for all of our members and those wishing to join. We facilitate their information to the website, assist with updating their data for renewal, and work with partner organizations like Fierte Canada Pride (FCP) and the European Pride Organizers Association (EPOA) to grow our membership and reach throughout the world.
We maintain the member benefits available to our member organizations and actively pursue avenues to increase these benefits so that both InterPride and its members may grow. Alumni & Recognition is part of the Member Services Committee.
Co-Chairs: Rick Andre and Debbie Brixey
If you wish to contact the Member Services Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
Alumni & Recognition
Co-Chair: Perin Hurewitz
The members of this group are tasked with: the review, development and recommendation of policies to the Board of Directors regarding the recognition of the long-term commitment of individuals and member organizations to InterPride; the execution of any plans or programs relating to the recognition of service to/within the organization; and all aspects of our Alumni & Recognition process.
The Methods and Standards Committee is the "Rules" committee of InterPride. We work with the various committees on the rules that govern them and ensure those rules work the way we expect them to. We work with member organizations when they have questions regarding the rules and offer clarification.
When a question or grievance comes forward from a member organization, we meet to discuss it and work to find a solution that is within our rules and make recommendations for clarification if necessary.
Methods and Standards Guide - as at 16th of October 2017
Co-Chairs: Marsha H. Levine and Emmanuel Temores
If you wish to contact the Methods & Standards Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded accordingly.
The work of the Scholarship Committee of InterPride is to disperse the voluntarily donated funds received from our member organizations and sponsors, in the form of a reimbursable grant to delegates from member organizations so that they can attend the Annual General Meeting and World Conference.
The grant amount can be used to pay for conference registration, accommodations, meals, and transportation. Each delegate applying, completes a Scholarship application which includes a statement of need and is reviewed by the committee. If a committee member has applied for a scholarship, they do not partake in the evaluation discussion of their application. A member of the committee is usually assigned to assist an applicant to assist applying organizations with any questions they have in order to complete the application correctly prior to being reviewed by the entire committee. Scholarship distributions are made based on a submission amount requested by the applicant and the amount that the applicant is able to contribute to the actual expenses as well. Grants are usually awarded in May and in August prior to the October Annual General Meeting and World Conference.
The Scholarship grant is based on reimbursement upon producing expense receipts and submitted reports from the conference. A scholarship recipient cannot receive a scholarship grant for more than two years in a row unless extenuating circumstances can be substantiated to and by the committee.
The goal of attendance is to elevate each delegate’s awareness and activism through workshops, plenaries, and networking opportunities, which they can then turnkey with their colleagues when they return home.
Co-Chairs: Ron deHarte, Sarah Elizabeth Ivens, Natalie Thompson and Matthew Van As
If you wish to contact the Scholarship Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
DEADLINES to apply are April 1 and July 1 in each year.
Pride organizations may apply to the Pamela O’Brien Scholarship Fund. This fund was created to assist as many organizations as possible to attend the Annual General Meeting and World Conference. To request scholarship funding for the InterPride Annual General Meeting and World Conference, please complete the application here (in English), or here (in Spanish)
The Pam O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Pam O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund was established many years ago to help financially challenged organizations attend the Annual General Meeting and World Conference. Over the years dozen of Pride organizations have received the benefit of networking and learning from seasoned Pride organizers from around the world.
This opportunity is only made possible only through the generosity of individuals and member organizations. We are very grateful for the donations that are received every year. It is an important benefit of membership of InterPride.
Pam O’Brien was on the Board of InterPride and Cape Cod Pride and a former Chair of the InterPride’s Scholarship Committee.
She was renown in Cape Cod and a recipient of the David Norrie Award from Heritage of Pride of New York City. Pam was a passionate champion of the Scholarship fund and was instrumental in helping get it more attention and keeping it relevant.
Pam passed away on June 3, 2008 and later that year, the Scholarship fund was named in her honor and memory. Pam will be forever remembered and always missed.
Currently, injustice and inequality exists around the world for many LGBTI people and communities. In much of the world accessing funding support for even the smallest public actions and events is an enormous challenge. This fund is designed to address this gap.
The mission of the Solidarity Sub-Committee of InterPride’s Human Rights Committee is to distribute the voluntarily collected funds from our membership and sponsors to organizations that are helping to create change and promote a better understanding of LGBTI communities. The committee does this by awarding grants to community-based events around the world, with a focus on places where public LGBTI events face challenges and hostility.
Since the fund was launched in 2013, grants have been awarded to help produce an LGBTI film festival in Macedonia, a mass LGBTI wedding in The Philippines, the first public Pride gatherings in Jinja, Uganda, Nassau, The Bahamas, and many other LGBTI events.
Applications are now closed. Please check back soon for updates.
The Solidarity Fund is supported through the generous donations of individuals and organizations, in particular, many Pride organizations that are part of InterPride and make generous annual contributions to the fund.
Solidarity Fund Donation
If you’d like to assist those struggling in regions that are hostile or challenging for LGBTI organizers, please donate to the Solidarity Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in making a donation. On behalf of all the groups we are funding around the world, we thank you for your support.
Co-Chairs: Alan Reiff and Chrissy Taylor
If you wish to contact the Solidarity Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
Our goals are to reflect InterPride’s commitment to a new process that addresses existing limitations and barriers to inclusion and participation. The strategic planning process will explore the overarching question of what a global umbrella organization of Prides should look like. This process will be implemented through 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.
Co-Chairs: Robyn Kennedy and Julian Sanjivan
If you wish to contact the Strategic Planning Working Group, email firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded accordingly.
The goal of the WorldPride committee is to facilitate communications between InterPride and the respective host(s) organization(s). In addition, the committee may assist a biding organization with their proposal as well as recommending acceptance or denial of said application to the general membership of InterPride. This committee ensures that InterPride’s interests are looked after as well as ensuring the host organization has all the stipulations of their contact fulfilled.
WorldPride events have been held in Rome (2000), Jerusalem (2004), London (2012), Toronto (2014), Madrid (2017), New York City (2019) and Copenhagen, Denmark (2021). The next WorldPride is in February 2023 in Sydney, Australia.
View the WorldPride Handbook (updated June 2018).
The committee meets regularly to discuss the current status of the respective upcoming WorldPride event as well as to participate in the actual organization of such, wherever needed. Committee members attend and take part in WorldPride events whenever possible and represent not only their own organizations but InterPride as well.
Co-Chairs: Kevin Beaulieu, Linda DeMarco and Rahul Upadhyay
If you wish to contact the WorldPride Committee, email email@example.com and it will be forwarded accordingly.
For more information, including how to bid to host WorldPride go to interpride.org/worldpride
Individuals of the Member Pride Organizations the Executive Committee, and the Regional Directors form the different Working Committees.