World Pride SF

ATLANTA - October 15, 2000 - Gathering in Atlanta, Pride organizations from over 20 countries and five continents in attendance at the 19th annual InterPride conference voted to travel to San Francisco in the Fall of 2002 for their annual convention. Over 250 delegates from around the world are expected.

Commenting, Pride President Cecilia Chung said : "Pride is no longer just a local event. The conference in 2002 is not only an opportunity to network with other Pride organizations on an international level, but also an opportunity for San Francisco to demonstrate her leadership to the rest of the World. Many people are unaware of this fact, but San Francisco is viewed by Pride organizations around the World as a role model in terms of inclusion and event standards. That's something we can all be proud of! "

InterPride is the international association of LGBT Pride organizers. It exists to promote Pride on an international level, increase networking and communication among Pride groups, encourage diverse communities to hold Pride events and act as a source of education. San Francisco was one of three cities to bid for the conference, the other two being Minneapolis and St. Louis. The SF bid was supported by many non-profits and other City institutions (listed on separate schedule).

SF Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said: “The response from our own community was truly marvelous and a tribute to the hard work which the Board has done in recent years of engaging our community at the grass roots level. I am encouraged by the many offers we have received for participation in the conference and look forward to sharing with our brothers and sisters around the world the wealth of community we take, too often, for granted.”

The InterPride conference has been held in San Francisco once before, in 1986, when the delegates were almost exclusively from the US. Witherington, who stepped down as Co-President of InterPride at this year’s conference in Atlanta, after a three year stint, received two standing ovations during the plenary sessions. Under his leadership the organization transformed from being a US organization to a truly international one.

Paying tribute to Witherington, newly elected InterPride President, Glen Paul Freedman said: “Under Teddy’s leadership the organization has reached a new level of international inclusion and participation. We look forward to building upon that in the years ahead and to coming to San Francisco in 2002“

Witherington remains on the Board of InterPride representing the Western region of the US. San Francisco Pride Board member, Joshua Smith stays on the InterPride executive committee as Secretary.

For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at: (415) 864 0831

Organizations & Agencies Who Sent Provided Testimonial Letters Supporting The Bid:

All Our Families Coalition
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Breast Cancer Action
Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
City of Flagstaff
Community Center Project
Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
Consolidated Association of Pride (CAPI)
GLBT Historical Society of Northern California
Harvey Milk Institute
International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)
Leather Forum of San Francisco
Lesbians & Gays of African Descent for Democratic Action (LGADDA)
Office of the Mayor of San Francisco
PGLAG San Francisco
Management Center
Merchants of Upper Market & Castro
Mission Economic Cultural Association (MECA)
National Center For Lesbian Rights
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau