Las Vegas PRIDE partnered with Westgate Las Vegas to host the event and got to work on panels, entertainment, hotel, convention needs, and content. Joslyn Hatfield, Vice President of Las Vegas PRIDE, assembled a genuinely diverse and exceptionally expert lineup of panelists, presenters, and topics. Using survey data from previous conferences, Joslyn whipped up the most impactful CAPI Conference content to date!
Despite planning around current COVID restrictions, the week before the conference dates, mask mandates were lifted! The timing was perfect for us to assemble Pride organizations to plan their in-person events and recharge on ideas to make their events successful.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 1, 2022, CAPI attendees were welcomed to Las Vegas PRIDE Family BINGO to shadow this fun and fund-raising event format. Thursday, we hosted a Lunch & Learn with Jim McMichael from the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority to discuss advertising and marketing projects which keep Las Vegas in the top four LGBTQ+ travel destinations in the US. Thursday evening, we hosted a welcome session with entertainment by queer artist Gina Chavez. Friday, Senator Pat Spearman gave a rousing keynote speech calling for voting registration and reminding us of our movement’s path and the work still ahead. Friday and Saturday were filled with panels and round-table meetings where attendees shared information and learned collaboratively.
On Saturday evening, the CAPI Conference Gala brought together talent from our booking agency partner, Benedetti Group, and local queens. Hosted by Andrew Ryan, performers included Briana Douglas, Brita Filter, Elliott with 2 Ts, Keyska Diva, Madison Rose, and Rock M. Sakura.
With the conference behind us, we have received so much positive and uplifting feedback. We met many new Pride organizations and new leaders of the movement. With friendships, both new and old, we are stronger together and constantly advancing on our path to a better tomorrow for us all!