Alaska Pride Conference Report 2012
Pride Conference this year is considered by many to be the best one yet. In addition to our 3 day conference, we were joined by the 2 nd annual Pride Conference Youth Summit. 30 youth from all over the state joined us for Pride Conference. The Youth Summit has doubled in size and brought many a smile of fun and a tear of joy to all attendees. They are always a welcome and integral part of our conference experience.
Our opening social/kick off was held in conjunction with treftpunkt studios. They put on a photo exhibition called “Love is Love”. Over 760 people walked through the studio and had a great time enjoying the photography.
The Saturday event had two guest speakers. Opening speaker was Rev. George Blair of 1 st Christian Congregational. Keynote speaker was Kris Hermanns of the Pride Foundation. Both speakers were well received, with many people telling me they had “tears in their eyes”.
Workshops were well attended and various. We received much positive feedback on workshops. Folks asked for repeats of workshops because they didn’t want to miss out on other workshops. In the future we will endeavor to offer workshops more than once.
We were also very lucky to have the NO H8 Campaign hold a photo shoot which drew over 100 attendees. Both the NO H8 Campaign and attendees said it was a successful event.
I consider the conference to be a success and would like to thank all the very hard working volunteers. Without the many hard working volunteers the conference would not have been a success.
Johnathan Jones- Pride Conference Chair