Since its inaugural meeting in Tijuana in 1997, the annual conference for the Consolidated Association of Pride (CAPI) has brought together regional LGBT Pride festival organizers to swap info, attend seminars, network, and generally have a good time.
Palm Springs has only hosted the CAPI conference once before, in 2002. This year, an estimated 125 delegates from nearly thirty Pride organizations will congregate at the Hyatt Regency Suites in downtown Palm Springs for the four-day political and cultural event in late January.
This year’s keynote speakers will include Fred Sainz (The Human Rights Campaign’s vice president for communications and marketing), Rev. Jerry Troyer (author of Coming Out To Ourselves, Admitting, Accepting and Embracing Who We Truly Are), and Alex Newell (who plays Wade ‘Unique’ Adams on the TV show Glee).
Greater Palm Springs Pride will play host for the 2013 CAPI conference, which encompasses all the Pride organizers for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, and the entire nation of Mexico. Participants will attend over thirty dynamic workshops on topical issues like bullying, aging, social change, grassroots engagement, utilizing the Internet, reaching out to youth, and the overall state of the LGBT movement.
But what LGBT event doesn’t have a little sparkle and laughter along with it? The conference will also include fun things like a cocktail mixology class sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, a dinner reception at downtown’s Lulu California Bistro (with a live performance by Alex Newell), and a Rainbow Hospitality Suite hangout space with its own Pride product swap meet.
Palm Springs’ out gay mayor Stephen P. Pougnet proclaimed of the 2013 CAPI event, “We are honored our city can play host to this four-day conference for learning and collaboration on issues related to the LGBT equal rights movement.”
For more information, go to the 2013 CAPI conference web site.