Keystone Pride Events

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Keystone Pride Conference 2017, will be Saturday, March 25, 2017.  This is our 3rd annual conference, but this will be the first one held on Saturday.  Our first two conferences were on Sundays, but the logistics of setting up in a vacant State Capital Complex proved daunting.  We hope that the Saturday date will not be difficult for our groups to attend.  If anything, it may enable us to experience some after hour events in the Harrisburg area.

State Representative Brian Sims has obtained a new meeting room for us as we outgrew our room setting for the second year in a row (which is not a bad thing!)  We will be meeting in Room 60 East (you can see it on the map).  Entrance will be from 3rd Street, which is the Main entrance for the Capital Building.  The bad news is that you will have to walk through the main building to the beautiful east wing (the door to Commonwealth Avenue is secured on the weekends).  The good news is that you will get to see the beautiful rotunda and the rest of the state capital.

Attending this year (thus far) will be:  (1) Philadelphia, (2) South Jersey, (3) Northwest Pa., (4) Long Island, (5) Lehigh Valley, (6) Gay Rodeo Association, (7) Phila Black Pride and (8) Chester County (we think).  We have not heard from:  (1) Northeast Pa., (2) Reading, (3) Central Pa. or (4)Pittsburgh.  New Hope expressed their regrets and we will be sending them an update.   We see the Keystone Pride Conference as the type of event that may be invaluable for young and growing prides to learn from the experience of others.  Although we started this conference primarily for Pennsylvania groups, the need for networking without paying conference fees seems to be growing; therefore, all are invited and everyone is welcome.  We all learn from each other; therefore, the more that attend, the more we can learn.

The topics of the roundtable discussions have been set.  We appreciate any input on what you think might be valuable.  Planned topics include (1) increasing trans participation and sensitivity (2) what youth look for in Pride events (3) how to deal with interpersonal conflicts on pride committees (4) senior participation and sensivity.  We have a potential 5th roundtable on minorityparticipation.

State Representative Brian Sims will be “hosting” our conference although he will be back in Philadelphia doing community events.  Last year we had the pleasure of the company of Hon. Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who stopped by, mingled, and greeted everyone individually last year.  The Governor will not be joining us this year, so we have some flexibility in the timing of our roundtables and can expand them to 45 minutes from the previous 30 minutes.  Timing is always tricky.  We have several breaks for walking around and catching a smoke, etc.  The best time to be had at these conferences is just talking to other coordinators.

The agenda for the conference is as follows (and we expect frequent updates):
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.                  check-in, meet and greet, coffee, refreshments
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.          personal introductions by coordinators
                                                 descriptions of Pride events
10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.     break
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.     Trans inclusivity and sensitivity (Roundtable 1)
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.       lunch break
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.        Youth Forum (Roundtable 2)
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.        Pride Relationships (Roundtable 3)
2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.        break
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.        Senior participation and sensitivity (Roundtable 4)
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.         (Potential 5th Roundtable)


Registration is now open.  We made the form easier.  Only the Pride Group has to register to attend (instead of the individuals registering individually).  At the end of the Pride Group registration, there is a place for the names of those attending and their email contacts.  You can always email us at [email protected] for information. 

Keystone Pride Conference

Names of individuals attending the Keystone Pride Conference and the groups they represent