InterPride 2002 Sets New Records
Organizers Celebrate Success and Step Up to Challenges


Inspired by the victories and challenged by the struggles of their peers, over 260 delegates from around the world came away from the 21st annual InterPride Conference in San Francisco, USA better equiped to bring the global message of pride to their own communities. Selecting "Peace Through Pride" as the Worldwide Pride theme for 2003, the conference message was clear;

"Our movement is one based upon respect and bringing diverse communities together in celebration of love. It is a timely reminder, that on an international scale, our community can set an example of peace, cooperation and understanding." said conference Organizer Teddy
Witherington. Witherington was elected as male co-president of InterPride at the conference and joins female co-president, Suzanne Girard, from Montreal at the helm.

With workshops and planning discussions ranging from the mechanics of organizing pride events to understanding the challenges that the growing population of LGBT families face, the conference offered something for pride organizers new and experienced and organizations ranging from small to large.

Key speakers included elected officials, activists, author Armistead Maupin and Rainbow Flag creator Gilbert Baker. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rainbow Flag, born in San Francisco and which has now become the flag of LGBT people Worldwide.

Pride organizers from such countries as Croatia and Mexico, told their stories of extreme harassment, persecution and violence but were envigorated by the support and resources provided by the conference, inspiring them to continue in the quest for human rights.

InterPride began in 1981 when lesbian and gay pride organizers met during a leadership conference. Today, more than 18 million people attend events planned by the over 120 InterPride member organizations. The conference is held in a different city each year.

Next year's conference will take place October 2-5, 2003 in Montreal Canada.

For More Information:

Teddy Witherington
Co-President InterPride
t. (415) 864 0831
www.interpride.org