About Our Team

The Board of InterPride are volunteers who are delegates of full Member Pride organizations. Our Committees are also composed of volunteers, managed by Co-Chairs appointed by the Board. InterPride also engages several contractors and consultants. Our contractors and consultants include Project Managers in Operations and Fund Development, Bookkeeper, Podcast Producer, and legal counsel. InterPride is currently recruiting an Executive Director, Communications and Marketing Consultant, Grant Writer, and PrideRadar Research Consultant.

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Alan Reiff

Secretary
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Alan Reiff

He/Him/His
Secretary

Location

New York, New York, USA

 

Committee Participation

CSIC, Grants, WorldPride

 

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Preferred Name

Alan

 

Why are you excited to volunteer for InterPride?

Helping to create safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community has been my work for 35 years. It’s how I self-identify. I want to continue this work globally as best as I can. InterPride is my conduit to keep doing such in a leadership role.

 

 

Biography

Retired ESL teacher, a multi-lingual world traveler with a post-graduate degree in Linguistics & Diplomacy who wants to help make the world a better place.

Alan has had 30 years of Pride involvement in the U.S. and internationally and has been a volunteer with Heritage of Pride for more than 30 years. Positions he has held include Co-Chair, Secretary, Outreach and PrideFest Director, Acting Treasurer, Staff Implementing Committee, and he has served on the March, Rally, and Stonewall 50 Committees.

On the Executive Board of Queens Pride, Alan’s roles have been Co-Chair, Pridefest Director, and Northeast Regional Prides (NERP) 2015 Programming Director. Working with Dirk McCall (Founder and Director) to produce OUTBronx, they’ve built a networking LGBT+ organization that creates safe spaces to increase visibility in the Bronx. Alan speaks English, Spanish, French, and some Portuguese.

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Barry Karlenzig

Co-Chair, CSIC
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Barry Karlenzig

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Co-Chair, CSIC

Location

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

Committee Participation

CSIC

 

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Preferred Name

Barry Karlenzig

 

Why are you excited to work with/at/volunteer for InterPride?

To help bring input to CSIC and make sure conferences are a success.

 

 

Biography

Barry Karlenzig has worked tirelessly for the 2SLGBTTQIA+ community as a Board Member with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, President of the Snowy Owl Monarchist Society, Co-Chair of the Conference Structure & Integrity Committee with InterPride, and for more than a decade in many capacities with Pride Winnipeg.

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Dave Wait

Treasurer
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Dave Wait

He/Him/His
Treasurer

Location

Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

Committee Participation

Finance, CSIC, WorldPride

 

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Preferred Name

Dave

 

Why are you excited to work with/at/volunteer for InterPride?

To be able to provide a venue for pride organizers to learn from each other on how to grow their organization and events.

 

Biography

Dave Wait began his involvement with the pride movement in 2004 when he first volunteered for a ‘shift’ at Motor City Pride. That four-hour shift led to being Chairperson of MCP. With his event planning and advocacy experience, he has grown MCP from an afternoon street fair attracting 8,000 people to a regional weekend festival attracting over 55,000 participants each year.

In addition to coordinating Detroit’s annual LGBTQ pride festival, he works to empower others around the globe to offer pride activities in their community as a Board Member of InterPride: The International Association of Pride Coordinators. Dave is completing his second term as treasurer.

Dave has also served eight years on the board of Equality Michigan: Michigan’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, and fourteen years at a national level on the Management Team of the National LGBT Task Force’s Creating Change Conference.

When not volunteering, Dave has been employed by Eastern Michigan University since 1986. He serves as the Executive Director of three career and technical student organizations: DECA, SkillsUSA, and FCCLA, which annually provides leadership and career development conferences for over 14,000 Michigan high school students. He has served four non-consecutive terms on the DECA Inc. Board of Directors. DECA Inc. is a not-for-profit international educational association with 195,000 members.

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Debbie Brixey

VP, Member Services
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Debbie Brixey

She/Her/Hers
VP, Member Services

Location

Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

 

Committee Participation

Member Services

 

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Preferred Name

Debbie

 

Why are you excited to work with/at/volunteer for InterPride?

Because I genuinely believe that we can achieve so much more if we all work together.

 

Biography

Proud Welsh Lesbian committed to accessibility and visibility for all. Chair of Oxford Pride, Committee member of Witney Pride. Passionate about using my privilege for good.

While in London, Debbie worked in publishing and marketing. In 2000 she decided to change careers to become a freelance IT tutor, specializing in working with older people (usually 80+) and people with disabilities. She has continued working in this field with people with visual impairments and learning disabilities (including dyslexia). Debbie worked with the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to create accessible courseware for blind users and screen reader modules for some examining bodies in the UK. She currently works with several companies to deliver online and in-person training and is a consultant on disability matters to several training organizations. She is passionate about accessibility and equality for people with disabilities.

In 2018 Debbie joined the committee of Oxford Pride as Communications Officer and took on the role of Sponsorship and Fundraising Officer later in the same year. As Chair of Oxford Pride in 2019, she oversaw the biggest event to date with a two-week festival and a lot of community engagement in the months leading up to Pride Day. In addition, Debbie has actively helped new smaller Prides develop around Oxfordshire and sits on the committee of Witney Pride.

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Hadi Damien

Co-President
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Hadi Damien

He/Him/His
Co-President

Location

Beirut, Lebanon

 

Committee Participation

CSIC, Finance, Governance, Grants, Human Rights, Member Services, Scholarship, WorldPride

 

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Preferred Name

Hadi

 

 

Biography

Born in Beirut in 1989, Hadi Damien is the initiator and organizer of Beirut Pride, the first Pride in the Arabic-speaking world. Arrested in May 2018 and placed in custody following the homophobic fabrication of a fake, sensational program attributed to Beirut Pride, he was released after initiating criminal proceedings against him relative to the organization of “events that incite to debauchery,” and that is still ongoing. In addition, he authored the multi-sectoral framework for the LGBTIQ+ file in Lebanon (featuring a 10-year plan that responds to LGBTIQ+ challenges). Member of InterPride (Representative of Region 18, CSIC co-chair, committee member), he also sits on the International Advisory Boards of both AllOut NGO and the Human Rights Conference of the WorldPride Copenhagen 2021.

Postgraduate lecturer at the Jesuit Saint Joseph University in Beirut, he designs events and communications for the private and public sectors and practices political communication. In this capacity, he lobbied during the Lebanese Parliament elections of May 2018 for LGBTIQ+ inclusion, succeeded in getting candidates and MPs to pledge support for decriminalizing LGBTIQ status, then authored the decriminalization parliament bill. He also wrote a bill for the national HIV response with 72 sections, including a large part about non-discrimination procedures.

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Jannat Ali

Co-Chair, Human Rights & Diversity
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Jannat Ali

She/Her/Hers
Co-Chair, Human Rights & Diversity

Location

Lahore, Pakistan, Region 18

 

Committee Participation

Human Rights

 

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Preferred Name

Jannat Ali

 

Why are you excited to work with/at/volunteer for InterPride?

It is a platform where I can not only utilize my experience and skills but also learn and raise the voices of the community from my country and region for inclusion and diversity as an Artivist and Co-Chair of Human Rights and diversity.

 

 

Biography

An MBA Gold medalist Tanswoman, an Artivist, Motivational Speaker, Co-Chair Human Rights & Diversity -InterPride, Region 18 Rep, a key person in passing trans rights legislation Pakistan, and founder of First Trans Pride Pakistan.

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Jay Watts

Executive Director
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Jay Watts

She/They
Executive Director

Location

USA

 

Committee Participation

Executive Director

 

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Preferred Name

Jay

 

Biography

Watts has championed diversity, equity and inclusion in their previous professional roles. They bring to InterPride more than a decade of experience in organizational management, administration, fundraising, policy and practice.

Watts’ background will ensure that the culture at InterPride is sensitive to the ever-growing spectrum of diversity, equity and inclusivity in a sense that honors how sexuality and gender intersect with various other realities.

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Jen LaBarbera

Co-Chair, CSIC
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Jen LaBarbera

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Co-Chair, CSIC

Location

San Diego, CA, USA

 

Committee Participation

CSIC

 

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Preferred Name

Jen

 

Biography

Jen LaBarbera is the Co-Chair of CSIC with InterPride. They are also the Director of Education & Advocacy at San Diego Pride, where they oversee the organization’s community partnerships, education & advocacy programs, civic engagement, and international diplomacy work. As a queer multiracial nonbinary femme of color, Jen works to advocate for policy to shape and change lives and is invested in the grassroots organizing and community engagement necessary to further true social justice and liberation. Jen has over 15 years of experience as a librarian, archivist, political and community organizer, and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and reproductive justice in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Massachusetts.

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Kevin Beaulieu

Co-Chair, WorldPride
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Kevin Beaulieu

He/Him/His
Co-Chair, WorldPride

Location

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Committee Participation

WorldPride

 

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Preferred Name

Kevin

 

Biography

Kevin is a longtime queer community activist and served as executive director of Pride Toronto, one of Canada’s largest and most iconic annual events, for three years, culminating in WorldPride 2014. His time there was a huge help in making WorldPride what it is today. In 2014, WorldPride had 2 million participants and 2,500 volunteers, an economic impact of $791 million CAD, 250+ hours of programming on 10 open-air stages, and at that time, the largest international celebration of LGBTTIQQ2SA rights ever. The 2014 WorldPride Human rights conference had 2,400 attendees, 64 conference sessions, and a registration of 500 people from 52 countries.
Kevin is an avid reader and walker and enjoys politics and a good night out with friends. He has volunteered with Rainbow Railroad and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto as former chair of their advisory board.
Kevin is also a veteran of Toronto City Hall, where he served as an executive assistant and chief of staff to two city councillors and the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, and worked with local community organizations, business associations, labour groups, and media on a broad range of community issues.
Kevin is currently the Director of Municipal Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the Greenbelt Foundation, a charity that stewards Ontario’s Greenbelt, two million acres of protected land that provide clean air, fresh water, climate resilience, and a reliable local food source to help Ontario thrive.
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Linda DeMarco

Co-President
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Linda DeMarco

She/Her/Hers
Co-President

Location

Boston, MA, USA

 

Committee Participation

CSIC, Finance, Governance, Grants, Human Rights, Member Services, Scholarship, WorldPride

 

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Preferred Name

Linda

 

Biography

Linda began volunteering with Boston Pride Committee (BPC) in 1998. A year later, she became President, growing BPC while wearing many hats. She is readily known as the “one on the golf cart.” As one of its founding members, BPC is an active member of the North East Region (NERP) of InterPride. Linda was voted in as Treasurer of InterPride in 2012 and co-president in 2018. In her “spare” time, Linda runs a small business in Boston and is a member of other business associations. When not active in the community, Linda, her wife, Anna, and their cats Pinky and Maximus enjoy quiet nights at home together.

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Madonna Cacciatore

Global Project Manager
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Madonna Cacciatore

She/Her/Hers
Global Project Manager

Location

Los Angeles, California, USA

 

Committee Participation

CSIC, Finance

 

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Preferred Name

Madonna

 

Why are you excited to work for InterPride?

The depth and breadth of global services and community are everything to me.

 

 

Biography

I am an activist for humans and animals. I’ve been in the non-profit fundraising world for more than 17 years and vegan for 15.

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Marsha H. Levine

VP, Global Outreach & Partnership Management
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Marsha H. Levine

She/They/Ey
VP, Global Outreach & Partnership Management

Location

San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Committee Participation

Co-Chair, Governance, Hiring Workgroup, Strategic Plan Implementation

 

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Preferred Name

Marsha

 

Why are you excited to volunteer for InterPride?

When I founded this organization in 1982, it was to get national Pride organizers networked, but today, to see its growth and longevity and how we help each other inspires me to continue working side-b-side with my peers from all over the world.

 

 

Biography

A Pride-organizing veteran since 1980, she is the Founder of InterPride and a co-founder of CAPI, Inc. (Consolidated Associations of Pride, Inc.). Currently, Marsha also serves as InterPride’s Governance Committee Co-Chair. For 18 years, she was San Francisco Pride’s Parade Manager, on top of a similar period as a volunteer for the organization in various roles, including President and Vice President on their Board of Directors. In 2018, Marsha accepted the position of Community Relations Manager for SF Pride, responsible for coordinating community partners, volunteers, politicians, VIPs, and Grand Marshals. Before 1985, she was a member of Boston Pride for five years, the last three of which she served consecutively as their President. An activist since high school, Marsha has always been a strong advocate for human and civil rights.

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Michael K. Lavers

Podcast News Contributor
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Michael K. Lavers

He/Him/His
Podcast News Contributor

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

 

Committee Participation

Podcast

 

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Preferred Name

Michael

 

Biography

Michael K. Lavers is the award-winning International News Editor for the Washington Blade. He has been with the newspaper since 2012.

Michael has reported from the Deep South, the United Nations, Cuba, Israel, Brazil, and more than a dozen other countries and territories. He has appeared on Al Jazeera, BBC, Sirius XM, and other English and Spanish-language media outlets to discuss LGBTQ-specific issues.

Michael holds a degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. He grew up in Manchester, N.H., and currently lives in Dupont Circle with his husband.

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Michelle Meow

Podcast Producer & Host
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Michelle Meow

She/Her/Hers
Podcast Producer & Host

Location

San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Podcast

InterPod by InterPride Producer & Host

 

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Preferred Name

Michelle

 

 

Biography

Michelle Meow, host and producer of “The Michelle Meow Show,” is your A-Z, covering the LGBT, LMNOP, and everyone in between. She attended San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and shortly after started her career in radio. Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network. The local TV show can be seen on KBCW TV, Ch 44/ Cable 712 Sunday nights at 1030pm.

 

In late 2017, Michelle began producing programs at the iconic Commonwealth Club of CA- dedicated to conversations around social justice with an intersectional lens. She has interviewed notable thought leaders such as Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, NFL’s first out LGBTQ coach Katie Sowers, a first American woman in space, Sally Ride’s widow Tam O’Shaughnessy, and actresses Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Lily Tomlin, and more. Her interviews also include local dignitaries, community advocates, and elected leaders. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast since 2006. She served as Board President of the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors from 2015-2018. She is a self-described LGBTQI+ history geek, information sponge, and a lover, not a fighter.

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Natalie Thompson

Co-President Elect
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Natalie Thompson

She/Her/Hers
Co-President Elect

Location

San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Committee Participation

Scholarship, Human Rights

 

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Preferred Name

Natalie

 

Biography

Natalie serves on InterPride’s Board as a VP of Global Outreach and Partnership. She has previously served as Co-Chair for Global Pride 2022 and a member of the IPTF, the ad hoc committee that made recommendations to improve operations and governance in InterPride. Natalie joined the Capital Pride Alliance Board in 2018. She currently serves as the VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is the Chair of the DEI committee, responsible for organizing the #StillWe Lead program, and assists with programming for the Pride Talks series. Professionally, Natalie is the Director of Programs for the SF LGBT Center, addressing the community’s needs to increase access to housing, employment, mental health services, nutritional resources, etc. Through her work and volunteerism, Natalie is dedicated to building community sufficiency, reducing barriers, and celebrating our diversity.

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Nicolás Rodríguez

VP, Global Outreach & Partnership Management
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Nicolás Rodríguez

He/Him/His
VP, Global Outreach & Partnership Management

Location

San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America

 

Committee Participation

Human Rights, WorldPride

 

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Preferred Name

Nicolás

 

Why are you excited to volunteer for InterPride?

I am excited to share my knowledge as a Latino from the global south for a global vision of the world.

 

 

Biography

Nicolas is part of PRIDE SV – Marcha Por la Diversidad en El Salvador. At 42 years old, he came out of the closet when he was 19; at that precise moment, his family rejected him from home; being alone, he tried to find information about LGBTIQ issues in Spanish, which was a real challenge at that time. For that reason, he promised to create a Spanish webpage with LGBTIQ resources. After finishing his journalist/advertising career, he found the webpage: ELSALVADORG, the LGBTIQ news media in Central America; started covering in Spanish: the AIDS world conferences and the GAY GAMES. Suddenly he became the PRIDE logistic manager in San Salvador in 2009, creating the Pridefest, call to action events, doing rainbow crosswalks, revealing big flags on iconic buildings, etc. After this, He got an Internship at the Los Angeles LGBT center in 2012; years later, he did a “Self Internship” on Heritage Of pride NYC in 2016; after this, he met InterPride, becoming a member in 2018. Since then, he has helped créate with other Latino colleagues a virtual gathering of Latino countries pride organizers group (Orgullo Latinoamerica).

 

In 2020’s Quarantine, the Pandemic year, he developed ORGULLO EN CASA, a local version of “virtual global pride” for El Salvador; then, in 2021, knowing that the pandemic was not going away, he made a pride march with social distance. Still, at the same time, broadcast all the march on the internet for all people couldn’t be on pride for seen from their homes. In 2021, Nicholas was elected as VP of Global Outreach & Partnership Management in the last months.

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Rahul Upadhyay

Co-Chair, WorldPride
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Rahul Upadhyay

They/Them/Theirs
Co-Chair, WorldPride

Location

New Delhi, Delhi, India

 

Committee Participation

WorldPride

 

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Preferred Name

Rahul

 

Biography

Rahul is an administrative professional, and a social worker. Currently, they work as Deputy Manager, Alumni Relations at a University. Before that, they were working with their Alma mater, IIT Gandhinagar. Rahul founded Gandhinagar Queer Pride in November 2019 with the aim to provide a safe and social space to the queer community and to sensitize people about LGBTQ+. 

Today, they are working in various capacities; Organizing pride events, helping people, conducting gender sensitization talks and workshops in colleges, etc. Rahul was invited as the Human Rights delegate from India to the Human Rights Conference and WorldPride in Copenhagen, Denmark in August 2021. Rahul is also working with InterPride in various capacities. 

They have been elected on the Board of Directors of InterPride, Regional Representative of Region 19, Co-Chair of the WorldPride Committee. Rahul is also the recipient of Keshav Suri Fellowship in 2021.

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Ricardo Andre

Co-Chair, Member Services
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Ricardo Andre

He/Him/His
Co-Chair, Member Services

Location

Kelowna, BC, Canada

 

Committee Participation

Member Services

 

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Preferred Name

Rick Andre

 

Why are you excited to work with/at/volunteer for InterPride?

I get to assist membership.

 

 

Biography

He was born and raised to settlers in the traditional unceded territory of the Okanagan Syilx people in South Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada. He identifies as a gay white male. He has been involved in the pride movement for many years and has held several positions on pride boards.

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Richard Brethour-Bell

VP, Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion
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Richard Brethour-Bell

He/Him/His
VP, Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion

Location

Santa Fe, NM, USA

 

Committee Participation

Human Rights & Diversity

 

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Preferred Name

Richard

 

Biography

Richard 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 and continue striving for growth, inclusion, and accessibility. When InterPride is strong, we’re in a better position to support membership.

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Robyn Kennedy

VP, Global Outreach & Partnership Management
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Robyn Kennedy

She/Her/Hers
VP, Global Outreach & Partnership Management

Location

Sydney, NSW, Australia

 

Committee Participation

Grants, Human Rights, Strategic Plan Implementation, PrideRadar Working Group, Finance

 

 

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Preferred Name

Robyn

 

Why are you excited to volunteer for InterPride?

InterPride is unique in its membership and scope. My involvement in InterPride has deepened my appreciation of the resilience of the Pride movement. My interactions with Pride organizers around the world have confirmed for me that Pride never gives up.

 

Biography

Robyn Kennedy has a long history of involvement in Pride activism and broader social justice and human rights issues. She is a 78er and a Board Member with First Mardi Gras Inc. She is a past member of the Board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, where she played a major role in Sydney’s successful bid to host WorldPride 2023. She has a particularly strong focus on building Pride in Global South.

 

Robyn’s career has included senior roles in government, the not-for-profit sector, and consultancy, focusing on addressing social inequity and disadvantage. Robyn is a frequent international speaker and writer on LGBTQI rights issues, focusing on grassroots action. Robyn was the 2018 recipient of ACON’s prestigious Community Hero Award in recognition of her contribution to advancing the rights of LGBTQI communities. She has also been recognized for her contribution to LGBTQI and women’s rights by the National Library of Australia in their collection of audio-oral histories of distinguished Australians.

 

For InterPride, Robyn has represented Region 20 on the Global Advisory Council and Co-Chairs the Human Rights and Diversity Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. Over the last few years, Robyn has worked to engage Region 20 in InterPride better. In 2020, she established Oceania Pride which brings together the 20 countries of the region, including those where homosexuality remains illegal.

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Ryan A. Starzyk, DBA

Global Project Manager
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Ryan A. Starzyk, DBA

He/Him/His
Global Project Manager

Location

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

 

Committee Participation

CSIC, Grants, Human Rights, Member Services, WorldPride, Podcast, Strategic Plan Implementation, PrideRadar Working Group

 

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Preferred Name

Ryan

 

Why are you excited to work for InterPride?

He is excited to work at InterPride because “InterPride is a global icon of equality. I am honored to join the international pride family in the fight to advance equal rights worldwide!”

 

Who is your favorite historical or present-day Queer icon, and why?

Phill Wilson is an internationally renowned HIV/AIDS advocate and activist. His dedication to fighting for communities of color transformed public policy and highlighted the severe inequalities present in our healthcare system. I admire his commitment, activism, and genuine spirit toward supporting our African American communities.

 

Biography

Ryan A. Starzyk is a US military combat veteran, past candidate for public office, business services consultant to large organizations, and social impact entrepreneur. He is the owner and founder of BlueFire Group, a social purpose business promoting a radical transformation from strict profit motives to community-focused local economic development to create a more sustainable and equitable future. He currently serves as the Global Project Manager for InterPride, an Executive Advisor at The World’s Best Connectors, and the Founder of Pride Nation, providing LGBTQIA+ News Worldwide.

 

Ryan is a proud lifetime member of the LGBTQIA+ community advocating for increased access to mental health services, banning conversion therapy, and racial equity. He has served on the board of directors for his local Phoenix Pride, awarding over $1 million in community grants and scholarships. He also is a Pride 365 Champion joining the fight to end pink-washing and ensuring that only those authentic and consistent businesses supporting the LGBTQIA+ community stand out from those that don’t. Ryan believes his moral duty is to fight for global LGBTQIA+ rights and racial equity.

 

What is your life motto?

Only the people who say it can’t be done will be the reason it can’t get done.

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Trisha Clymore

Bookkeeper
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Trisha Clymore

She/Her/Hers
Bookkeeper

Location

Decatur, GA, USA

 

Committee Participation

Finance

 

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Preferred Name

Trisha Clymore

 

Why are you excited to work with/at/volunteer for InterPride?

Good to be back!

 

Biography

I am a volunteer with The Atlanta Pride Committee. I have been involved with InterPride since 1999 and previously served as a Vice President, Co-President, and Treasurer. Also volunteers with the United States Association of Prides (USAP).

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Uwe Hörner

GAC Member, Region 12
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Uwe Hörner

He/Him/His
GAC Member, Region 12

Location

Mannheim, Germany, Europe

 

Committee Participation

Global Advisory Council (GAC)

 

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Preferred Name

Uwe

 

Why are you excited to work with/at/volunteer for InterPride?

Importance of networking of Pride organizers globally.

 

Biography

I’ve been volunteering for pride for more than 15 years. I’m keen on networking, exchanging experiences, and learning from other Prides, locally, nationally, and internationally. I’m the representative for the International affairs of CSD Deutschland ( german pride network) and a board member of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA).

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Our Committees

Committees and Working Groups provide advice and recommendations to the Board on detailed planning and procedures related to InterPride’s work. Co-Chairs are appointed by the Board annually based on an expression of interest.

CONFERENCE

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Co-Chairs: Barry Karlenzig and Jen LaBarbera

 

The main focus of Conference Structure & Integrity Committee (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 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 other items on the Annual General Meeting and World Conference.

 

The committee Co-Chairs and members assist potential member organizations in preparing their bids. They are also available to answer questions and provide feedback. In addition, 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.

 

If you wish to contact the CSIC Committee, please contact us, and it will be forwarded accordingly.

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HUMAN RIGHTS & DIVERSITY

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Co-Chairs: Jannat Ali and Richard Brethour-Bell

 

The Human Rights and Diversity Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board on issues affecting LGBTQI+ communities around the world. There are many countries where an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity can lead to discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture, or even execution.

 

InterPride believes that there are many ways to advocate for equality, but, as Pride organizers, one of the most powerful is through visibility.

 

The Human Rights and Diversity Committee encourages and supports Pride events throughout the world free from opposition and government intervention.

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MEMBER SERVICES

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Co-Chairs: Rick Andre and Debbie Brixey

 

The Member Services Committee is the direct link to the organization for all 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.

 

If you wish to contact the Member Services Committee, please contact us, and it will be forwarded accordingly.

 

Alumni & Recognition

 

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.

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GRANTS

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Co-Chairs: Alan Reiff and Robyn Kennedy

 

The Grants Committee manages InterPride’s two grant programs, the Solidarity Fund and the Humanitarian Aid Fund.

 

The Solidarity Fund provides grants to Pride and Pride-like organizations to produce Pride events.

 

The Humanitarian Aid Fund provides funding for essential needs and projects to combat racism.

 

The assessment process conducted by the Committee includes eligibility and comparative merit. Preference is given to organizations that have not previously received funding from InterPride.

 

Click here to learn more about the InterPride Global Grant Fund Programs (IGGFP).

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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Co-Chairs: Sarah Elizabeth Ivens and Natalie Thompson

 

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 can pay for conference registration, accommodations, meals, and transportation. Each delegate completing a Scholarship application 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. Instead, a committee member is usually assigned to assist an applicant in helping applying organizations with any questions they have to complete the application correctly before 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 can contribute to the actual expenses. Grants are usually awarded before the October Annual General Meeting and World Conference in May and August.

 

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 unless extenuating circumstances can be substantiated to and by the committee.

 

Attendance aims 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.

 

If you wish to contact the Scholarship Committee, please contact us, and it will be forwarded accordingly.

 

Scholarship Application

DEADLINES to apply are April 1 and July 1 each year.

 

Pride organizations may apply to the Pamela O’Brien Scholarship Fund. This fund was created to assist as many organizations as possible in attending the Annual General Meeting and World Conference.

 

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. As a result, over the years, a dozen Pride organizations have benefited from networking and learning from seasoned Pride organizers worldwide.

 

This opportunity is only made possible through the generosity of individuals and member organizations. We are very grateful for the donations that are received every year. It is an essential benefit of membership in InterPride.

 

Pam O’Brien was on the Board of InterPride and Cape Cod Pride and a former InterPride’s Scholarship Committee Chair.

 

She was renowned 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.

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WORLDPRIDE

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Co-Chairs: Kevin Beaulieu, Linda DeMarco, and Rahul Upadhyay

 

The WorldPride committee aims to facilitate communications between InterPride and the respective host(s) organization(s). In addition, the committee may assist a biding organization with their proposal and recommend acceptance or denial of said application to the general membership of InterPride. This committee ensures that InterPride’s interests are looked after and that the host organization has fulfilled all the stipulations of its contract.

 

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.

 

The committee meets regularly to discuss the current status of the respective upcoming WorldPride event and participate in the actual organization of such, wherever needed. Furthermore, committee members attend and participate in WorldPride events whenever possible and represent not only their own organizations but also InterPride.

 

If you wish to contact the WorldPride Committee, please contact us, and it will be forwarded accordingly.

 

For more information, including how to bid to host WorldPride go to interpride.org/worldpride

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Interns

InterPride regularly engages volunteer Marketing and Communications Interns on 4-month placements. Internships provide opportunities for tertiary students to gain experience in digital and traditional marketing and media communication strategies while contributing to InterPride’s mission.

INTERNS

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Internship Position Overview

 

The Marketing & Communications (MARCOM) Intern must have a genuine interest in using various digital and traditional marketing and media communication strategies to advance InterPride’s mission.

 

This position will communicate LGBTQIA+ educational messages through earned and social media, direct marketing, digital marketing, audience targeting, content customization techniques, digital behavior analytics, content production, and advertising and contribute to the organization’s overall success. During the four (4) month period, the intern will work at least 20 hours per week.

 

Learn more about the InterPride Global Internship Program.

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