On 12/10/2021 Philly Pride’s coordinators approved a resolution to withhold payment of dues to Interpride, the International Association of LGBT Pride Coordinators, until the removal of discriminatory language in Interpride’s bylaws that excludes individuals who do not self-identify as either male or female. The resolution that follows is self-explanatory. Philly Pride is the first LGBT organization to formally protest the discriminatory language.
WHEREAS, Philly Pride Presents is the gay pride organization for the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley area;
WHEREAS, Interpride is an organization for pride organizations that plan events “for people identifying as Lesbian, Gay Men, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and/or other emerging sexual identities;”
WHEREAS, Interpride by-laws provide two executive positions for “male-identified” individuals and two executive positions for “female-identified” individuals;
WHEREAS, a motion to include a “trans-identified” executive position was defeated at the 2014 general membership meeting of Interpride;
WHEREAS, gender-identified executive positions are antithetical to the inclusion of those not self-identified as “male” or “female;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Philly Pride Presents will withhold payment of 2015 dues and future annual dues to Interpride until one of the following conditions is met:
FIRST: A “trans-identified” executive position is approved for inclusion in Interpride by-laws; or
SECOND: All sexually identified executive positions are removed from Interpride by-laws; or
THIRD: Some remedial action is taken to resolve this blatant discrimination against a component of our LGBT community.