New Hope chosen as host city for 2019 Pride conference

Matt Hanson, Vice President, and Dan Brooks, Founder went to pick up the new Rainbow Equality Flag for 2017
New Hope Celebrates members: Armando Martinez, Board Member Matt Hanson, Vice President, and Dan Brooks, Founder went to pick up the new Rainbow Equality Flag for 2017

Northeast Regional Pride, which co-ordinates LGBT Pride event conferences for New England and the mid-Atlantic states, announced that New Hope, Pa., has been chosen as the host city for its 2019 conference. It will take place March 7-10. “We are excited to bring the 2019 meeting to an area so many of us love to visit,” said Tyler Evertsen, co-regional director for NERP. “It is a town with such rich history in our movement.”

New Hope Celebrates Inc. will coordinate the conference, which brings more than 200 LGBT Pride organizers and activists to New Hope next year. The program combines educational and organizing sessions with an opportunity for participants to sample New Hope’s attractions. NHC President Matt Hanson stated that the presentation “highlighted not only New Hope’s rich history of diversity and caring, but also the great attractions in and around New Hope.” He listed New Hope’s outstanding restaurants and bars, art galleries, shops, spas and salons and visitor attractions such as wine tours and Washington Crossing State Park as specific points of focus.

Sharon Fronabarger, past president of NHC, noted that “delegates were tremendously excited.” They were impressed to hear about revitalization projects such as Odette’s, The Ferry Market, The Logan Inn and The Playhouse Inn, she said. They also responded enthusiastically to “I Am New Hope”, the Equality Project that NHC plans to launch nationally this October.

This will be the second NERP Conference in New Hope. They had a successful event in 2013. Interpride veterans who recalled the earlier conference meeting expressed enthusiasm about returning to New Hope in 2019.

NHC is forming a Planning Committee and preparing a formal schedule of events. The schedule will be presented at the 2018 NERP meeting on March 1-4 in Providence, R.I. Commercial and arts organizations in New Hope have already offered support.

In more recent years, NERP meetings have been held in Washington, D.C. and Staten Island, N.Y. The 2020 conference is planned for Charlotte, N.C.

NHC has been a member of InterPride for the past nine years. Northeast Region 6 comprises Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C.