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Palm Springs Pride to host Consolidated Association of Pride 2013 annual conference

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Greater Palm Springs Pride will host the annual Consolidated Association of Pride (CAPI) conference Jan. 24-27, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs.

The four-day conference is the leading venue for learning, sharing best practices, and collaboration on issues related to the LGBT equal rights movement, event planning and organizing. The conference features experts leading seminars and panel discussions on topical areas including bullying, aging, social change, event management, capacity building, grassroots engagement, and other aspects of advancing equal rights for all.

Membership in CAPI is comprised of LGBT Pride organizations from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Texas and Mexico. Participants organize civil rights programs and events that directly touch an estimated five million people annually.

This annual educational, strategic planning and networking event will bring an estimated 125 delegates from 25-30 Pride organizations to Palm Springs. Conference attendees will include Pride organizers, members of Pride groups, LGBT activists, community leaders, members of student and corporate diversity committees and corporations and public agencies. “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,” said Stephen P. Pougnet, Mayor of Palm Springs.

The city last hosted the political and cultural event in 2002. “Over the past decade, the City has experienced a major boom in tourism and special events,” said Mary Jo Ginther, Director of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism. “We look forward to welcoming all the attendees to enjoy the special festivities, our community and the unique Palm Springs style.”

Palm Springs Pride organizers are already planning the festivities for when it hosts the annual conference. Ron deHarte, president of Palm Springs Pride and chair of the city's CAPI committee, said, “The conference will highlight the voice of Pride committees in the Western United States and Mexico and serve as a platform for training and networking.”

So far the program calls for an opening reception, keynote speakers, screening of documentaries, a gala reception and multiple networking receptions. To present a workshop, sponsor or host an evening reception during the conference please contact Palm Springs Pride at 760-416-8711 or info@pspride.org.

ABOUT GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE

The Greater Palm Springs Pride organization (pspride.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community.

For twenty-six years, Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity.