Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Michael Maszaros of Virginia Pride. Photos by Paul Sanders, Long Island Pride
The Prides of Virginia: Michelle Coffman (Roanoke Pride), Amy Lockett, James Parker (Hampton Roads Pride), Michael Maszaros, Steve Matzie (Roanoke Pride), Justin Shaia.
Representatives from sixteen different pride groups gathered this past weekend in Richmond as Virginia Pride (formerly Gay Pride Virginia) hosted the 2010 Prides Of The SouthEast Conference. POSE is part of InterPride, the international association of Pride organizers that consists of all the Pride groups from the Potomac to Florida, and from the Atlantic to the Mississippi.
At the conference, organizers of the different prides networked and shared information. Workshops throughout Saturday covered topics including creating more Trans involvement in Pride, utilizing volunteers, building and retaining a better board of directors, and marketing your pride to the community.
Special guests from other prides facilitated several of the workshops, Richmond community leaders also joined in to help facilitate. John Dougherty of ROSMY led the workshop about including youth in your pride festival, while Jay Squires of the GCCR added insight in a round-table discussion on working to obtain sponsorships.
Friday and Saturday evening, the delegates gathered in the hospitality suite at the hotel to socialize before heading out to group dinners at several local restaurants and bars. In addition to ideas and experiences from our own region, we were joined by folks from the NERP Conference (NorthEastern Regional Pride). Having a voice from another region really created a new facet in the group, sharing different challenges and experiences.
After a bountiful Sunday Brunch in the hotel, the group took care of regional business, including elections of Regional Directors choosing hosts for the next two conferences. For 2011, the region voted to join forces with NERP to have a joint conference hosted by Pittsburgh Pride. 2012 brings the conference to Ashville hosted by Blue Ridge Pride.
The following letter is from Attorney General Mark Herring, which was featured in the 2016 Virginia PrideFest Pride Guide. You can read the guide in its entirety here, otherwise check out words from Herring, below: ———- If there was ever a moment for love, courage, and yes—PRIDE!—this is it! We have come so far together [...]