World Pride Human Rights Conference 2014 – Call for Presentations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2013 (Toronto, Canada) The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto and Pride Toronto are thrilled to announce their partnership to present The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014. Taking place June 25 — 27, 2014 in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada, The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 provides a unique opportunity for a global dialogue about LGBTTIQQ2SA* human rights. For more information, visit

Activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others engaged in LGBTTIQQ2SA* human rights around the world are invited to submit their presentations for consideration in The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014. Starting today, applications are available online and are due June 15, 2013. Possible themes for presentations include Schools and Education, Trans Rights and Activism, Indigenous Peoples, The Role of Law, HIV/AIDS, and Sex Work.


Brenda Cossman and Doug Kerr, co-chairs of The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014, are delighted to welcome participants from around the world to the University of Toronto for this dynamic three-day conference. They state: “This is a groundbreaking event for the Bonham Centre and Pride Toronto. We are thrilled that this is the first time such a major human rights conference on sexual diversity has been held in Toronto.” Pride Toronto Board co-chairs Francisco Alvarez and Sean Hillier are looking forward to this important global dialogue about LGBTTIQQ2SA* human rights, explaining: “Working towards reaching true equality for our communities everywhere in the world is one of the key reasons we are hosting WorldPride 2014 in Toronto. Everybody who attends or hears about our event — the largest international LGBTTIQQ2SA* celebration in the world — will get the message that our struggle still continues. We look forward to hosting the world’s leading activists and theorists at the conference, where they will inspire us by sharing their strategies and success stories.”

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University College, University of Toronto offers an undergraduate program, a collaborative graduate program, hosts academic and community events, and promotes research into sexuality. It is a hub forging connections among faculty, students, and community members interested in questions about how we understand sexual diversity and sexual practices. For more information, visit

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. It highlights Canada’s continued work in the area of human rights, and the diversity and dynamism of Toronto.  WorldPride 2014 Toronto is the fourth such event, and first to be hosted in North America. The event runs from June 20 — 29, 2014 and is presented by Pride Toronto under license from InterPride. For more information about WorldPride 2014 Toronto, visit

For more information about The World Pride Human Rights Conference 2014, or to book an interview, please contact:

Brenda Cossman, Director of the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies & Co-Chair of The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 (416) 819-1921 [email protected]

Sean Hillier, Pride Toronto Co-Chair (647) 203 3448 [email protected]

*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies. -30-

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