WorldPride, the international pride event, is calling for submissions for presentations at the 2014 human rights conference in Toronto.
The organizing committee want activists, artists, educators, journalists, policy-makers, students and others involved in sexual orientation and gender identity human rights work to submit presentations to be considered to be shown at The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.
The themes for the conference include : youth and children; trans rights and activism, sex work, sodomy laws, social media, aging and the role of law. Applications can be made on the website from now until 15 June 2013.
The conference is using the abbreviation ‘LGBTTIQQ2SA’ which they say refers to ‘a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies’. Two-spirited refers to transgender identities in Native American and First Nation Canadian cultures.
Pride Toronto co-chairs Francisco Alvarez and Sean Hillier who say the event will be the largest of its kind in the world.
‘We look forward to hosting the world’s leading activists and theorists at the conference, where they will inspire us by sharing their strategies and success stories,’ said Alvarez and Hillier in a statement.
Pride Toronto and The Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the Univerisity of Toronto are working together to produce the conference that will be held from 25 to 27 June 2014.
As well as the human rights conference, WorldPride 2014 in Toronto will include a spectacular opening ceremony, an arts and culture festival, three pride parades (for trans, ‘dyke’ and a general one) and an award ceremony.
The first WorldPride was held in 2000 in Rome, followed by WorldPride Jerusalem in 2006. In 2012 London hosted WorldPride, but the event had to be ‘scaled-back’ just days before the event was due to start due to financial problems.
Toronto and Stockholm both placed bids to host WorldPride 2014. Toronto won a vote at an InterPride (the international organizers of the event) conference in St Petersburg in 2009.