About InterPride

InterPride is the international organization that advances the Pride movement by coordinating with global partners that share our values.

We are uniquely suited to carry out our work because InterPride:

  • Works with and supports the visibility and development of Pride networks around the world, thereby contributing to the presence and influence of Pride efforts at regional and local levels.

  • Gathers regional Pride platforms dedicated to producing Pride events for diverse global SOGIESC (Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions, and Sex Characteristics) communities to learn and grow with each other.

  • Manages, supports, and awards WorldPride™, global grant programs, and related initiatives.

In 1982, the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Pride Coordinators was formed in Boston, USA, with an initial membership of six USA Pride organizers. Over time membership has grown to include Pride organizers around the world, becoming InterPride in 1999. In 2021, membership totaled over 300 organizations from more than 60 countries. This growth has been matched by increasing diversity of membership. Since 2015, non-North American members have grown from 21% to 49%. This trend primarily reflects increased participation from Oceania and Global South (Africa, Asia, and South America).

The Pride movement continues to evolve. Pride has gained a presence in locations where it was previously absent or under-developed. There has also been significant growth in structures that gather Pride organizers together at a national or international level (known as Pride Platforms). This trend has created opportunities for InterPride to identify ways to better leverage regional knowledge to advance the rights of SOGIESC communities.

Values Statement

InterPride commits to the following values:

Trust

We all have made a commitment to InterPride. To fulfill the responsibilities of our role in the organization, to support our colleagues, and to further the mission of InterPride. With that commitment, we make a choice to trust one another. We will trust that each person is here to further the mission of InterPride in their own way and that collaboratively we can accomplish our goals. We will be open and transparent about our views, feelings and personal values as they relate to our work at InterPride.

Respect

Every one of us comes from different parts of the world, with different life experiences, abilities, skill sets, privileges and perspectives. We commit to being respectful with one another at all times. This includes respecting different opinions than our own.

Accountability

We make a commitment to follow through on the tasks we have committed to. We will communicate regularly about our work, participate in Board and Committee meetings, and respond to communications. We will ask for help when needed and acknowledge when we aren’t able to complete something on time. We are a learning team and commit to ownership of our mistakes and failures. As a team, we commit to supporting each other, and ensuring that the work of InterPride is accomplished.

Diversity

InterPride supports all people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and sex characteristics. We commit to celebrating this diversity in the global pride movement, our team and our member organisations. We will refrain from any form of racism, ableism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, interphobia, or other identity-based discrimination or judgement.

Multiculturalism

We are a global organisation and therefore will have many people from different cultures and ways of life on our team. Our personal culture is complex and is not defined only by our locality or nationality. We commit to being open to learning from each other and acknowledging that we will approach things differently than others on the team. We make a commitment to embrace, acknowledge and celebrate our cultural similarities and differences.

Kindness

Equity, equality and fairness are foundations to our work as the leadership of InterPride. We come together to make a positive impact on each other, our members, the global pride movement and the world. We recognize that we face adversity in our work, and that we are impacted as individuals by that adversity. We commit to being helpful and compassionate to each other. We will strive as individuals to be approachable by our peers. We agree to respond rather than react to both internal and external factors. We will take the time to show each other we care. As a team, we will have positive relationships with our peers, our members and other people impacted by our work.

Bravery

As a team we strive to create safe spaces for ourselves and our members. Spaces that are free from judgment based on identity or experience. We are aware that we cannot guarantee a safe space. We commit to creating and staying in a Brave Space. A space that facilitates dialogue, recognizes difference, overcomes oppression, and expects each person to share experiences and be open to new understandings. A space where we own the intent of our actions and their impact on the organisation and others. A space where we choose to challenge each other with respect, to embrace diversity and to be honest about our emotions.

Vision

InterPride’s mission is to achieve legal, social, and cultural equity for SOGIESC communities through the Pride movement.

Mission

  • To contribute to the visibility and inclusion of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) communities.

  • To connect, grow, and support Pride Platforms and networks globally

  • To assist the Pride movement to design and conduct human rights events that deconstruct myths, lies, and prejudices surrounding SOGIESC realities. 

  • To maximize networking and communication across the global Pride movement, offer resources, grow, and leverage partnerships.

Values Statement

Pride

  • InterPride defines Pride as any public or semi-public gathering led by and for people of diverse SOGIESC communities that promotes visibility and inclusion. 

  • Such gatherings take many forms, including but not limited to a parade, march, rally, festival, as well as events reflecting varying cultural practices such as pageants, traditional dance, ceremonies, and storytelling.

  • InterPride recognizes that the nature of Pride gatherings is influenced by political, social, and cultural contexts, including constraints imposed by at-risk environments. 

  • A Pride organization produces a Pride event. An organization may be described as Pride-like where it does not produce a Pride event but aspires to do so. The inability to produce a Pride event may be due to factors such as the prohibition against public assembly, politically hostile environments, lack of funding, or organizational capacity. 

Data Protection Policy

 

InterPride is incorporated in the U.S.A. and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under U.S. law. It is funded by membership dues, sponsorship, merchandise sales, and donations from individuals and organizations. InterPride assists member organizations at their discretion. InterPride promotes networking, makes introductions, shares good practices, suggests ideas, mentors, offers advice, provides education/information, and assists when needed. InterPride doesn’t interfere in Member organizations’ local matters and calls for de-escalation and dialogue to build on the global impact of visibility through Pride. Member organizations and Prides worldwide design and organize their events without the direct involvement of InterPride.