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2023 USAP National Conference

January 26-29, 2023
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The United States Association of Prides has opened registration for our first in-person national conference. The conference will be held from January 26 to 29, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Royal Sonesta Downtown. We are planning the conference around our members, with low registration and lodging rates.  The registration fee will cover three meals (two lunches and one dinner) and admission to all conference activities.

Conference Registration Rates

Registration Fees per person


  • $150.00 - Early Registration ends on December 1, 2022

  • $200.00 - Regular Registration ends on January 1, 2023

  • $250.00 - For Late and Onsite registrations and for payments received after January 1, 2023

There will be an additional $50.00 fee for individuals who are not from a member Pride Organization.

Our conference theme is It's Your Conference. We are planning to offer a mix of workshops and general sessions designed to meet the needs of the conference attendees.  One of the benefits of this conference is that is being specifically designed for US Pride organizations and USAP members.  The workshops will center on issues that are common for us in the US, which may be different from other parts of the world.  By meeting together, we can discuss these topics and trends that are unique to the US.

Conference Hotel


Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown 
An Elegant Hotel Experience in the Heart of Minneapolis 
We have a special conference rate of $129.00 per night, plus taxes for the conference. 


Hotel Room Share Requests:

Thinking about coming to the USAP Conference? Do you need to economize as much as possible? Well, think no more! Why not share a room at the host hotel? A double room with two queen size beds is $129. That's only $64.50 per person per night. Can't be that! If you're interested, contact Alan Reiff at Alan has volunteered to coordinate room share requests.



Workshops and Panels

Based on YOUR requests, the following workshops and panels have  been confirmed for our conference this January. You asked, we listened! Below are a final list of workshops and panel events. Please stay tuned for more information on how to access the conference schedule through

  • Building Community Through Advocacy and Cultural Competency Trainings    

  • Making Trans voices heard    

  • Entertainment at your Pride event 

  • Streaming your Pride Events to Maximize Fundraising & Impact    

  • Sexual Harassment & Pride Operations

  • Voices from the Margins: talking history and documenting history from underrepresented groups 

  • Security at your Festival    

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)    

  • Shared Best Practices on Organizing your March and/or Parade

  • Risk Management    

  • “Handling your Social Media and Working with the Press

  • "Leading Great Meetings: In-person or Remote

  • How to organize a successful run/walk before and after a pandemic.    

  • Shout it from the Rooftops! How P.R. can power PRIDE messages.    

  • Reaching Beyond Pride: Addressing HealthCare Disparities in the LGBTQ+ Community

Conference Events

We are pleased to offer a variety of fun, engaging conference events, from socials and mixers to roundtable discussions. Among the various planned events (some times or dates may be subject to change; please consult the final schedule when it is available on

  • Thursday, Jan. 26, 6pm — Meet and Greet at the Hotel

  • Friday, Jan. 27, 4:30pm — District Meetings

  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 9am — Small group meetings based on your Pride's size

  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 4:30pm — Networking Hour

  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 6:30pm — Reception and Dinner

Roundtable Discussions — Sunday, Jan. 29, 9am
From the topics that YOU sent in, each table will have an open topic discussion focus. 

You will have 20 minutes at each table to share your best and worst practices with your fellow delegates.

The buzzer goes off, and you rotate. 

Conference Program
(All times are Eastern Time)

Summary Schedule
All times are Central Time (Minneapolis) they may shift no more than an hour in either direction as we finalize the program.

Thursday, January 26, 2023
8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
(No meals will be provided on Thursday)

Friday, January 27, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Workshops and General Assembly
There will be an optional evening reception
(Lunch will be provided)

Saturday, January 28, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Workshops and General Assembly
The time for dinner has not been set
(Lunch and Dinner will be provided)

Sunday, January 29, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Closing Activity
(No meals will be provided on Sunday)

Questions on registering for the conference can be sent to  

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