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January

  • Christian Gay Network Conference – Join us January 18–21, 2018 for the world’s largest and most celebrated annual LGBTQ Christian event. Our 14th annual conference will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver. Each January, Christians from around the world gather at the GCN Conference for fellowship, worship, support, and more. Whether you’re LGBTQ, you love someone who is, or you just want to learn more, this four-day event is designed for you. If you’ve never been to one of our conferences, you’re in for a treat! Featuring world-class speakers, thought-provoking content, and the opportunity to be in fellowship with hundreds of LGBTQ Christians, the conference is a friendly, uplifting weekend for people of all backgrounds to make new friends, share their stories, and have their faith re-energized. This will be an exciting year, and you won’t want to miss it! Denver, CO; Jan 18-21, 2018
  • 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. Washington, DC; Jan 24-28, 2018

February

  • 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 9-11, 2018.
  • 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 17, 2018
  • Stonewall CYMRU Workplace Conference – Conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people like Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, and Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Our speakers bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change.  Cardiff, UK; Feb 21, 2018

March

  • 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; Mar 1-3, 2018
  • #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; Mar 1-4, 2018
  • 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; TBA
  • Out & Equal Executive Forum – The 11th annual Out & Equal Executive Forum will convene LGBT and Ally senior executives and business leaders from multi-national corporations and federal agencies for two days of professional development and in-depth exploration of the global landscape of LGBT workplace equality. San Francisco, CA; Mar 28-30, 2018

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; TBA
  • Stonewall Workplace Conference – Our Workplace Conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people who bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change. Our keynote speakers will be announced soon. Last year we welcomed La-Chun Lindsay, Managing Director of GE Aviation, John Bercow, Member of Parliament for Buckingham and Speaker of the House of Commons and William Bush, Executive Director of the Premier League to share their insights. London, UK; Apr 27, 2018
  • 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; TBA
  • NAGLREP LGBT Housing Policy Summit – The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals will be hosting its first-ever Housing Policy Summit. Palm Springs, CA; April 2018

May 

  • IGLTA Annual Global Convention – The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ tourism professionals. The 35th edition of the conference will connect gay, lesbian and gay-friendly travel and tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment program, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions. Toronto, Canada; May 9-12, 2018
  • 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
  • Pride and Prejudice – is a global, 24-hour event spanning three cities around the world. It will catalyze a 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; May 24, 2018

June

  • 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; Jun 14-1, 2018
  • Stonewall Education for All Conference – Stonewall’s annual Education for All conference, kindly supported by Prudential, is Britain’s leading event on preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying among young people. The event brings together hundreds of education professionals through a series of panel discussions and interactive workshop as well as a dedicated youth stream for 150 young people. University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK; TBA
  • 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. June 2019

July

  • Queer Collaborations – Queer Collaborations is an annual not-for-profit national conference that provides week-long education and training in queer-related issues. It is attended and run by Queer students all over Australia. This year it is being held at The University Of Wollongong located in New South Wales. Melbourne, Australia; TBA
  • Camp PrideCamp Pride is the nation’s premier LGBTQ Leadership Academy for undergraduate LGBTQ and ally students. Join us to develop your social justice and leadership skills. UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC;  July 19-22, 2018
  • RAHM: THE WORLD’S FIRST LGBTI LEADERSHIP CONTEST – During the event, 100 handpicked LGBTI leadership talents will complete group-based challenges to decide a winner through a crowd ranking process. The event includes extensive networking opportunities with top executives and leadership talks. London, UK; Jul 5-7 Berlin, Germany; Jul 26-28, 2018
  • Masculine of Center Conference – A weekend to unbox the issues that concern the multi-faceted LGBTQ+ community! Butch, Stud, Boi, Androgynous, No Label – we are all a community. Let’s Celebrate and discuss what is important! Washington, DC; TBA

August

  • Trans Health Conference – The mission of the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) is to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers, and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change.  We strive to create an accessible and respectful environment that is inclusive of diverse gender identities and expressions as well as inclusive of diverse opinions and ideas. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; Aug 2-4, 2018
  • 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 8-10, 2018
  • 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; TBA

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; TBA
  • 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; TBA
  • 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; TBA

October

  • 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. Montréal, Canada; Fall 2018
  • Equality Forum Summit – Join Equality Forum for cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres in celebration of 25 years of LGBT civil rights activism. Equality Forum will present the 22nd Annual International Role Model Award to U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and the Frank Kameny Award to the pioneering AIDS activist and LGBT History Month Icon Peter Staley. Philadelphia, PA; TBA
  • NAGLREP – National LGBT Real Estate Conference (Fort Lauderdale, FL) The 2015 National LGBT Real Estate Conference is the premier forum on the LGBT real estate market and issues that influence and impact services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender home buyers and sellers. Oct 2-4, 2018
  • 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. Philadelphia, PA; TBA
  • 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. Boston, MA; TBA
  • 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; TBA
  • 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. Indianapolis, IN; TBA
  • SF LGBT Job Fair – The SF LGBT Center will host its 39th LGBTQ Career Fair, the nation’s largest. 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. TBA

November

  • 18th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality – Don’t miss the LGBT tourism & hospitality industry’s premier destination for market education, networking, and fun! Over 30 speakers! The tourism industry’s premier marketing, sales, public relations and research forum to help you reach LGBT travelers… ALL NEW PROGRAM FOR 2017: Multiple workshops focusing on internet marketing to the LGBT community, plus featured presentations on the latest LGBT tourism market statistics, successful marketing techniques, case studies and much more! San Francisco, CA; Nov 1-3, 2017
  • Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference – We invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and concerned civic activists to the 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 3-5, 2017
  • oSTEM Conference – Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national society, built by students, for students, dedicated to advocating for the needs of LGBTQA+ students, as well as, educating and empowering leadership for LGBTQA+ communities in the STEM fields. Since 2011, the oSTEM annual conference has brought together hundreds of students and professionals from various STEM fields in the interest of pursuing equality, as well as, the creation of safe and inviting places to work and study in the STEM fields. Chicago, IL; Nov 16-19, 2017
  • 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 17-19, 2017
  • 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. TBA

December

  • International LGBT Leaders – LGBT Leaders 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. 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 6-9, 2017

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