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mark-anthony-lordMark Anthony Lord is an author, minister, LGBT inspirational leader, counselor, and a gay man who has spent over two decades doing what it takes to free himself from the chains of self-rejection around being gay to the absolute knowing that being gay is a gift. He is the founder of the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago and the creator and host of The Global Pride Summit.

His personal mission is to awaken people to their inherent joy, freedom, and courage to be fully expressed, and specifically to assist LGBT people in establishing unshakable self-love, acceptance, and the knowing that they are perfect - just as they are.

He currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Patrick, of 19 years and their beloved dogs, Ramsey and Bigsby.

His most recent book, Thou Shall Not Suffer, 7 steps to a life of JOY, is a product of his personal mission and is available for a discount with your registration.

No matter how far in or out of the closet you are, this FREE summit will give you the inspiration, and support you need to take your next step in greater self-love & acceptance. That's PRIDE... it's an inside job!




Live Event

                              Live Events happening every night at 7:30 p.m. CT!

You have a right and an obligation to yourself, and the world, to be YOU
exactly as you are! Make it happen here.


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No law is gonna change us. We have to change us. Whatever God you believe in, we come from the same one. Strip away the fear. Underneath it's all the same love.
— Maclemore —
The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives.
— Armistead Maupin / Writer —
You always have to remember – no matter what you're told – that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.
— Cyndi Lauper / Musician —
All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
— Harvey Milk —



Matthew Shepard


Athlete Ally


True Colors Fund & Give A Damn Campaign


True Colors Fund & Give A Damn Campaign



judy-shepard-color1"When Matt was killed for being gay, Dennis and I started the Matthew Shepard Foundation hoping we could prevent similar tragedies from happening, to make sure no other parent would experience what we did. We share Matt's story to send the message to parents whose kids might be questioning their sexuality to not throw them away, but love and accept them.

But this is still happening. All over the world, anti-LGBT violence is claiming lives. In our work and travels, I've discovered how much change one person can make and how much Matt's story can inspire others to address the hate in their communities. We've come so far, but we still have even farther to go.

It doesn't matter who you love, everyone deserves the same opportunities to be happy and safe. If Matt were alive today, he'd be helping others be comfortable for who they are and fighting for equality and acceptance."

SF LGBT Center

SF LGBT Center

Phoenix Pride


UP Center

The UP Center

Purple Unions

Purple Unions


Positive Focus

Equity Illinois


Anne Harris


The Center in the Heart of the Community

You are not here to hide, survive, and just get by. You are here to be your most amazing, awesome, spectacular LGBT self.



The Global Pride Summit empowers LGBT people to awaken to the truth - that you are perfect as you are. It gives you the tools to transform, the support you need to make positive changes, and a global community of like-minded LGBTA people who are on the same path of personal growth and celebration of who we are.

During this Summit you will be inspired by some of the leading LGBTA thought leaders, teachers, activists, and celebrities of our time.

They will help you:

Grow in self-love and acceptance
Surrender any remnants of old or current beliefs that you are not enough, or flawed because of being LGBT
Ignite courage to stand strong in who you are here to be
Know you are never alone - you belong, and you matter!

This Summit stands on three premises. 1.) The LGBT world is a perfect, necessary part of humanity. 2.) Inherent within all LGBT people is the freedom, personal power, love and acceptance that they are seeking. 3.) We need each other. In coming together we can and will create a greater world for ourselves, each other, and the world.

Sign up today. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. And please, feel free to share with us. We welcome your questions, insights, and constructive comments.