USAP Conference


USAP Winter Conference

Schedule - Feb 13 Noon - 4 pm EST


The theme for the conference is Pride Organizing for the Future. The workshops will discuss and navigate the environment that we will face on how we hold events this year and structure our organizations to be ready for what the future holds for pride organizations.  One of the benefits of this conference is that it will be for US Pride organizations.  The discussion will center on our common issues and challenges that are different from other parts of the world.  By meeting together, we can discuss these topics and trends that are unique to the US.

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Conference Program

(All times are Eastern Standard Time)

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST

Opening Session

Maria Sjodin, Assistant Executive Director
OutRight International


12:40 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Content Area: Finance

Fundraising/Merchandising with Pride
We will be discussing the evolving challenges to fundraising in 2021 and how LGBTQIA+ apparel & pride merchandise can grow your fan base while kickstarting fundraising efforts.
Learn about different options and services available to your organization to jumpstart fundraising in 2021 through LGBTQIA+ Apparel and Pride Merchandise.


We will walk through the different opportunities to market your shop online and in-person to create a successful fund development program.


Brian Ivanchan, he/him/his
North Texas Pride Foundation,  Pride Basics
Content Area:  Engagement


Volunteer Empowerment
San Diego Pride is a volunteer-driven organization. We offer volunteers a stairway to leadership and provide them with training to become empowered volunteers able to lead the organization. Our Festival and Parade are volunteer-led events. Our Pride Military Department, She Fest, Latinx, Queer APIMEDA and Youth programs are all volunteer-led. At San Diego Pride we empower our volunteers to lead. Come learn how you can empower your volunteers to be your leaders.


Robert Leyh, he/him/his
Melanie Mijares, she/hers/ella
San Diego LGBT Pride
Content Area: Capacity Building

Incorporating Health Equity into Virtual Pride Celebrations
Health equity is the unmet dream that says all people deserve to achieve the highest quality of health. LGBTQ people lack health equity. The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked the existing disparities and inequities that harm LGBTQ people. The pandemic has also caused Pride organizers to shift to virtual formats, a shift that will continue throughout the 2021 Pride season. In this workshop, pride organizer and health equity advocate Adrian Shanker will discuss how pride organizers can incorporate health promotion messages from celebrities and community leaders throughout their virtual pride, how to engage celebrity spokespeople to provide these messages, and how incorporating health equity into a virtual pride can bring additional funding for the pride organization.


Adrian Shanker, he/him/his
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Content Area: Production


The Virtual Experience
Prides have always been known to throw a great party. With the pandemic taking hold of most of our celebrations, we have had to look into how we can hold on to sponsorships while maintaining engagements with our followings and showing that we as an organization are more than just a party, march, festival or parade.

Let's talk about how we can continue to engage with our communities and offer a virtual experience that can continue to pull in sponsor dollars and keep our Prides relevant in a time of uncertainty. As well as moving forward in keeping those virtual experiences for those who may not be able to experience them face to face.

Lo Roberts, they/she
Pride Houston, Inc.


1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

Content Area: Finance

Engaging Corporate Partners/Sponsors in the Pandemic
Indy Pride's Executive Director, Chris Handberg, will discuss strategies to engage corporate partners and sponsors during the COVID-19 Crisis. As Indy Pride adjusted to a virtual environment and honoring sponsor agreements in 2020, we have been successful at maintaining partnerships in a meaningful way. In planning for 2021, we will share our goals for solicitation of donations as well as honoring support while being mindful of attitudes in our community that are cautious regarding corporate involvement.

Chris Handberg, he/him
Indy Pride, Inc.
Content Area: Capacity Building

An introduction to IDEAA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Access)
An overview of terminology, concepts, and educational recommendations in the realm of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Access (IDEAA). This conversation includes brief coverage about racism, oppression, understanding bias, power and privilege, tokenism, and ways to take action.

Reina Ysaguirre-Boersma, she/her/hers
Pierce Durkin, he/him/his
Boston Pride Committee
Content Area:  Engagement

Pandemic Pivots & Priorities: implanting mission-focused programming during COVID-19
Staying safe, relevant, and solvent in a pandemic is hard! We'll share best practices to maintain programming that focuses on our missions and meets the needs of our community while also being good stewards of our organizational time and resources. We'll talk about how to make hard choices and prioritize opportunities for now and in the future. The presentation will be followed by plenty of time for Q&A.

Jamie Fergerson, she/they
Atlanta Pride Committee
Content Area: Production

Booking Talent - contracts, trends and challenges
In this workshop, we will review working with management and entertainers. We will review contract key points, contract negotiation guidelines, rider requirements, what makes entertainment negotiation successful, handling difficult situations/performers, and keeping your organization protected.

Gardenia Partridge, she/her/hers
Kimberly A. Ahrens, Esq. she/her/hers
San Diego Pride

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EST

Zoom Networking/Break
Group Chat

2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. EST

Content Area: Finance

Goodbye 2020: How to Handle Year-End
As if 2020 wasn't crazy enough already, let's talk about non-profit year-end accounting. This includes making sure your bookkeeping, Form 990 preparation, sending 1099s to contractors, forecasting for 2021, Paycheck Protection Loans, operating accounting in a virtual environment, and preventing fraud.

Jon Markee, he/him/his
Remote CPA
Content Area: Capacity Building

Board Development
Many people have different reasons for joining a 501c3 nonprofit board. Some people have a lot of free time and want to add organized activity to their daily routine.  Some people enjoy the organization and want to be more involved. It takes a special kind of person to join a 501c3 board. It can be crazy, but most of the time the end results can be very satisfying and life-changing.

Every board member brings value to the group, combined the results can be amazing. There still needs to be balanced within the organization with key leaders and a strong support team.


Ernie Yuen, he/him/his
Las Vegas Pride
Content Area:  Engagement

#pride2021 - Leveraging Your Social Presence in a Virtual World
Producing Pride in 2021 has made one thing very clear - your organizational online presence matters. From communicating event details to giving campaigns, social media continues to be a mode of communication where Pride and the people meet. In this workshop, we will discuss tools available for organizers to maximize their reach; developing a sustainable social presence; and define platforms that work best for their output.

Esteban Herevia, he/him/his
Spokane Pride, USAP

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST

Closing Session

4:15 p.m. EST  to

Virtual Zoom Party
Raise your glass to a Toast to Pride Events Post-Pandemic