International LGBT Conference Coming to Indy

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An international LGBT organization has selected Indianapolis to host the 2017 InterPride Annual General Meeting and World Conference. Indy Pride Inc. says the event will bring about 300 Pride leaders from around the world to the Circle City.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome fellow LGBT influencers, supporters, activists, and allies from across the globe to Indianapolis,” said Chris Morehead, president of Indy Pride, Inc. “We have seen first-hand how successful citywide collaborations have grown the Circle City IN Pride Festival into one of the best and largest Pride festivals in the Midwest, and we look forward to building on that success. I am proud to be part of a community where LGBT leaders are making an impact, and to represent a city that has a longstanding human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“I am confident that Indianapolis will serve as a dynamic and hospitable host city for InterPride. I was fortunate to serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Circle City IN Pride Festival Parade and to experience the energy and enthusiasm that resulted from our city, civic, and business leaders coming together to celebrate diversity. I am thrilled that Indianapolis will now have a chance to share that enthusiasm with an even wider audience,” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said.

“Indy is proud to be selected to host the 2017 InterPride Annual General Meeting and World Conference,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. “We welcome more than 26 million visitors each year and our region’s hospitality professionals strive to ensure that every visitor experiences ‘Hoosier Hospitality.’ Indy has long supported efforts to advance the cultural, social and legal equality of members of the LGBT community and we look forward to delivering an exceptional experience for InterPride members.”

The event will be held October 5-8, 2017.

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