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January

  • Christian Gay Network Conference – For over ten years, the Gay Christian Network conference has brought hundreds of Christians together each January for fellowship, worship, support, Bible study, and more. Whether you’re LGBT, you love someone who is, or you just want to learn more, this four-day event is designed for you. Portland, OR; Jan 5-8, 2017
  • Creating Change – National LGBTQ Task Force’s National Conference on LGBT Equality. Nearly 4,000 people from all over the country attend our five-day program that featured over 390 workshops, training sessions, meetings and events, and four unbelievably spectacular plenary sessions. Chicago, IL; Jan 18-22, 2017

February

  • Southern California LGBT Health Conference – The Southern California LGBT Health Conference was created by a group of healthcare professional students across Southern California looking to bring attention to the healthcare needs of LGBT communities in Southern California. The purpose of this conference is to educate students and healthcare professionals in LGBT health issues by providing a forum for the discussion of new trends in LGBT health care issues and for cultivating inter-professional networks. Los Angeles, CA; Feb 18, 2017
  • The 4th Annual Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Summit – the Castro District of San Francisco will bring together over 2,000 lesbians, queer women + allies across all areas of technology. Topics include Mobile, Cybersecurity, Big Data, Health Tech, Fin Tech, Software Engineering, Inclusion, Design, Space Tech & Science, and more. There will also be live music, after-parties, technology demos, hula hoop contests, high fives, networking that does not suck, workshops that focus on your career growth and leadership development. San Francisco, CA; Feb 23-26, 2017
  • National Student Pride – Held in London since 2014 the three-day spectacle celebrates our mission to be the pride of conversation. It is centered around a daytime festival free at the point of entry with panels, the largest free LGBT job fair, a performance stage and so much more. This is the centerpiece of a whole weekend of club nights, parties, cinema screenings and events spread across three days held every year during LGBT History Month in February. London, United Kingdom; Feb 24-26, 2017.

March

  • B’More Proud LGBTQIA Leadership – This year’s B’More Proud LGBTQIA Leadership Summit seeks to achieve the leadership, networking, and educational goals of the B’More Proud Collegiate Queer Coalition with a special focus on the development of stronger student leaders, organizations, campuses, and ultimately, the queer community of Metropolitan Baltimore. Baltimore, MD; Mar 2017
  • Pride and Prejudice 2016 is a global, 24-hour event spanning three cities around the world. It will catalyse fresh debate on the economic and human costs of discrimination against the LGBT community. The event will challenge policymakers and industry leaders to rethink the future of the LGBT movement and its impact on business. New York, London & Hong Kong; March 23, 2017
  • Out & Equal Executive Forum – The 10th annual Executive Forum brings together senior LGBT executives, LGBT ally executives and LGBT future leaders from Fortune 500 companies for two days of presentations, panels and professional development that foster  in-depth discussion and exploration of current LGBT workplace issues.  This unique opportunity offers unsurpassed networking amongst LGBTA peers, working  together on issues to achieve full workplace equality for LGBT employees. San Francisco, CA; Mar 27-29, 2017

April

  • Northeast LGBT Conference – The University at Albany, State University of New York, is proud to host the 20th Annual Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender College Conference! Albany, NY; Apr 1-3, 2017
  • LGBTQ Cartoonists and Comics Conference – Queers & Comics features two days of discussion panels, workshops, readings, and comics galore, along with a multitude of off-site events. This year we will spotlight international and emerging LGBTQ cartoonists, the role of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the future of queer comics. Monreal, Quebec, Canada; Apr 14-15, 2017
  • #Unit Festival –  #unit is the only tech event, as part of Berlin Web Week, that actively promotes the visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals in the tech world. 40+ top tech speakers delivering insights from a range of backgrounds. Music performances, interactive installations, and thought-provoking entertainment. A dynamic networking experience with the opportunity to make an abundance of new connections; one of the biggest networking sessions you have ever experienced in your life. #unit is the accessible and welcoming tech event where you are free to be yourself while you build connections and become inspired.  Berlin, Germany; Apr 16, 2016
  • Queerness and Games Conference – The Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon) is an annual, community-oriented, nationally-recognized event dedicated to exploring the intersection of LGBTQ issues and video games. QGCon got its start at UC Berkeley, where it was hosted in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The fourth annual conference will be held in Los Angeles in the spring of 2017. The event is free and open to the public. Los Angeles, CA; April 2017
  • Queer Studies Conference – The UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, a biennial event established in 1998, attracts an international audience of activists, academics, and artists who showcase a range of creative and scholarly pursuits related to the investigation of genders and sexualities. All GLBTQ-related proposals will be considered. We invite a diverse representation of approaches and participants, including faculty, staff, graduate students, community members and undergraduate students.  All formats will be considered, including paper presentations (15 minutes), panels (60 to 75 minutes), workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, and performances. Paper presentations will be organized into groups of 3 to 4. Asheville, NC; April 2017

May 

  • IGLTA Annual Global Convention – The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBT tourism professionals. The 32nd edition of the conference will connect LGBT tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment program, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions. St Petersburg, FL; May 3-6, 2017
  • LGBT Week NYC – Save the dates for 2016 for LGBT Week NYC – the MUST-ATTEND series of conferences, symposia, workshops and events, now in its 9th year as a marketing conference and its 2nd year as a complete series of marketing, advertising & technology events for the week. Our main conference days for the LGBT Marketing, Advertising & Technology Conference are Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19, at the New York Times Conference Center. May 15-19, 2017
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Conference – Every three years, we come together to network, organize, agitate, educate and build at the nation’s largest gathering of LGBT AAPI communities. This year we’re excited to be in Chicago with Invisible to Invincible (i2i) and Trikone-Chicago in the spirit of Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement. Chicago, IL; May 2018

June

July

  • Queer Collaborations – QC is a conference organised by students for students with a focus on bringing together the queer community. Melbourne, Australia; July 4-9, 2016
  • Equality Forum Summit – IN 2015 WE PROUDLY COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the first organized civil rights demonstrations, the Gay Pioneers who staged them and the half century of progress we’ve made toward full LGBT equality.Philadelphia, PA; Jul 25-28, 2016
  • Allied Media Conference – Held every summer in Detroit, the conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists. We define “media” as anything you use to communicate with the world. You are a media-maker! The AMC features over 250 hands-on workshops, panels, film screenings, Detroit tours, art and music events, strategy sessions, karaoke, bowling, collaborative art and more! Detroit, MI; Jul 27, 2016

August

  • Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair– The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. Nearly 300 candidates and over 170 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2016 career fair in Washington, DC. San Francisco, CA; Aug 2-4, 2017

September

  • Original LGBT Expo is the largest and longest-running LGBT convention in the world celebrating diversity in business, education, politics, the arts, health, technology, media, travel, and non-profit sectors. New York, NY; Sept 9-10, 2017
  • OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is honored to host the 6th Annual OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit (OOTH2015) in Washington, D.C. on September 16-20, 2015. OOTH2015 is a unique and important convening that brings together hundreds of the nation’s leading Black LGBT activists, thought leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, elders and young adults to participate in an inspiring week of education, organizing and action planning. Washington, DC; Sept 14-17, 2016
  • Lesbians Who Tech NYC Summit  With a focus on media, digital and finance technology, the summit will bring together over 1,000 LGBTQ women (and allies) across all areas of technology, media, digital and finance. New York, NY; Sept 22-25, 2016

October

  • Out & Equal Workplace Summit – This three-day global conference featured hundreds of educational opportunities including workshops, expert panels, networking mixers, and plenaries with keynotes from prominent LGBT and ally leaders.Employees and experts joined together to share strategies and best practices to create workplaces which are inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. The event will be sponsored by over 100 companies and organizations who are leading the movement for global LGBT leadership. Orlando, FL; Oct 4-7, 2016
  • The Out & Equal Workplace Summit – offers individuals, human resources professionals, diversity managers, employee resource group (ERG) leaders, and allies the perfect platform from which to make powerful connections, share best practices, and formulate a strategy to advance equality in the workplace.The Workplace Summit welcomes more than 2,500 attendees who participate in over 120 workshops and caucuses all designed to create an inclusive workplace. For a taste of the Summit, view our highlights video here. Orlando, FL ; Oct 5-7, 2016
  • Reaching Out MBA – The Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference is the annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) graduate business school students – the largest gathering of LGBT business students in the world. Dallas, Texas; Oct 6-8, 2016
  • Translating Identity Conference – Opening its doors to the public for the 13th time in eleven years, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves! Burlington, VT; Oct 8, 2016
  • InterPride Conference – InterPride is an international organization representing and composed of producers of pride events for the LGBT community that celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture and pride. Montpellier, France; Oct 11-16, 2016
  • NAGLREP – National LGBT Real Estate Conference (Fort Lauderdale, FL) The 2015 National LGBT Real Estate Conference is the premiere forum on the LGBT real estate market and issues that influence and impact services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homebuyers and sellers. Oct 17-19, 2017
  • SF LGBT Job Fair – The SF LGBT Center will host its 39th LGBTQ Career Fair, the nation’s largest, on October 27, 2016. The event, which is expected to feature over 40 Bay Area employers, will be held at LinkedIn’s San Francisco offices located at 222 2nd Street (cross street is Howard), from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

November

  • Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference – We invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and concerned civic activists to the 2015 Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania to explore the possibilities of queering our world. This theme encourages participants to consider what can be done to make our worlds more livable for individuals who identify as members of LGBTQQIAA+ communities wherever they exist. Bloomsburg, PA; Nov 4-6, 2016
  • LGBT Supplier Diversity Forum – Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) – Learn about the advantages of becoming a certified LGBT business enterprise, meet procurement leaders from Canada’s top corporations and network with other LGBT-owned businesses. Toronto, Canada. Toronto, Canada; Nov 16, 2016
  • EurOUT is Europe’s leading LGBT conference for graduate students, MBAs, PhDs and alumni from top business schools to hear from, network with and seek employment from thought leaders and leading companies from around the world. London, UK; Nov 18-20, 2016
  • ALICE – EUROPE’S FIRST LGBTI CAREER FAIR FOR LAWYERS – ALICE provides students, trainee teachers, lawyers and all those who are interested in a career in the legal field, the opportunity to the representatives of many well-known firms and companies to talk about career opportunities. Eponym of the fair is the Cameroonian lawyer and human rights activist Alice Nkom. It is committed to the only lawyer to criminalization and social exclusion of homosexuals in Cameroon. The fair takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cologne. Nov 19, 2016
  • Bent Con – Bent-Con is committed to recognizing, celebrating, encouraging and appreciating LGBTQ and our (UnGay) Allies contributions to pop-culture and geekdom. Specifically, comic-books, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy and horror mediums from artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors, actors and producers that create works targeted directly to LGBTQ audiences and the larger realm of mainstream and underground pop-culture as a whole.Burbank, CA; Nov 2016

December

  • International LGBT Leaders – LGBT Leaders 2016 will bring together hundreds of openly LGBT leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is the national voice on issues pertaining to openly LGBT leadership, including elected and appointed officials.  Senior members of the Victory team are available for on-the-record comment about LGBT leadership and related LGBT news, trends, and developments. LGBT Leaders 2016 will bring together hundreds of openly LGBT leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations. We’ll gather for three days of networking, skills-building, and workshops designed to help LGBT advocates make changes across America and around the world.Washington, DC; Dec 8-11, 2016

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