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The WorldPride

WorldPride is an event held bi-annually which aims to build communication between members of the LGBTI community from across the planet. The Gay Pride movement has been holding global events annually with many festivals held by groups which are members of the InterPride organization which aims to promote a culture of support and communication between its members. Established in 1999, this global event is held in a different location each year and is usually scheduled to coincide with a Pride Parade and events in a host city.

The idea behind the WorldPride event was first floated in 1997 at the annual meeting of the InterPride group of general managers of Gay and Lesbian Pride events around the world. The New York City event included a vote regarding the establishment of the global event which would move between host cities on an annual basis to create a Pride Parade reflecting the global nature of the LGBTI community. The vote to establish the event took place in New York City and included a plan to host the first event in Rome with the promise of significant funding from the city's mayor. Opposition to the Gay and Lesbian community for conservative government officials led to the reversal of the decision by Rome's mayor. However, the first global event did take place in Rome in 2000 with the Pride Parade estimated to have included more than 250,000 people.

Over the years, the members of InterPride from around the world have tried to hold various global events with some gaps in the history of the event due to financial and political issues. Events in Jerusalem and London were held in 2006 and 2012 before the success of the Toronto event in 2014 signaled the start of a new era in the global Pride event.

From 2017 onwards, this Gay Pride event has been scheduled to take place every two years beginning with the Madrid 2017 version. Over the course of the 2012 InterPride conference, the number of delegates had grown to 80 with Madrid winning unanimously. The 2019 event will take place in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising which is often described as the starting point for the campaign of acceptance by the modern LGBTI community. Combining the WorldPride event 2019 with the celebrations of the Stonewall 50 campaign, the world is expected to see a combination of the best in Gay Pride exuberance alongside a look back at the history of New York's Lesbian and Gay community.