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Queer: 1) An umbrella term sometimes used by LGBTQA people to refer to the entire LGBT community. 2) An alternative that some people use to “queer” the idea of the labels and categories such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc. Similar to the concept of genderqueer. It is important to note that the word queer is an in-group term and a word that can be considered offensive to some people, depending on their generation, geographic location, and relationship with the word.

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Queer Pride 2018

Queer Pride 2018

  • Guelph Winter Pride – Guelph Pride organizes annual events for the Guelph community which aim to bring together the Guelph queer and ally communities as well as address issues surrounding the queer community in a safe, educational manner. Guelph, Ontario; May 1-15, 2018
  • Houston Splash – the #1 black gay pride organization in the south. Celebrating more than 20 years of active service to our community. Houston, TX; May 3-7, 2018
  • Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival – is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world and places emphasis on visibility and positive representations. Seattle, WA; May 3-12, 2018
  • Gay Pride Maspalomas – Gran Canaria is known as Europe´s largest gay destination and Maspalomas will host the 16th edition of Maspalomas Pride. A week of amazing events such as live shows with international artists, a huge parade with over 100.000 visitors, boat excursions, pool parties and much more!  Gran Canaria, Spain; May 3-13, 2018
  • London Lesbian Film Festival – The London Lesbian Film Festival is a celebratory gathering at which we project our images, challenge our politics, and reflect upon our lives. The festival aims to portray the richness and diversity of lesbian experiences and to strengthen our communities. London, Ontario, Canada; May 4-6, 2018
  • Gay Theatre Festival – The Festival creates new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works. The Festival’s criteria for inclusion into the program are broadly interpreted to include works by gay writers, works that have a gay relevance or theme, or works that include either performance or another artistic contribution by gay people. Dublin, Ireland; May 7-20, 2018
  • ILGTA Conference – 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. Toronto, Ontario, Canada; May 9-12, 2018
  • FIERTE OURS PARIS (Paris Bear Pride) – This will be the year of the 11th edition of this event which has found its place in the bear community, both in France and abroad. For this anniversary edition, The Bear Paris invite an adventure companion of many talents and facets, as partner artist Nicolas Maalouly, who will present his works in two exhibitions at home and Bears’den IEM. It is the photographer Mathias Casado Castro will highlight the 24 candidates in 2018. DJ RV (Follivores / Crazyvores) will moderate the inevitable Paris Bear Cruise. Major Evening Pride Bear Paris, the Election of Mr. Bear 2018 will be held Saturday at Depot with DJ Amina and Dj Quentin Vedelly, Paris, France; May 9-13, 2018
  • Cinepride Festival du film gay et lesbien de Nantes  – Katorza and the LGBT Centre Nantes present the 12th edition of Cinépride. Far from being a cultural event dedicated solely to the members of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans in the Nantes region, the festival is meant to be unifying and activist is in the tradition of the International Day of Struggle against the Homophobia, and the Gay Pride Nantes. Nantes, France; TBA
  • PINK APPLE Annual Swiss Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – This year’s program consists of 90 films from 25 countries. “Soongava ” the first lesbian film from Nepal is a milestone for the South Asian country that is barely three times as large as Switzerland. It shows in his dramatic action but also as a progressive legislation – the recognition of same-sex marriages in Nepal’s Constitution is in preparation – and a ( decidedly ) collide traditional society. Zurich May 2-10, 2018, Frauenfeld May 11-13, 2018
  • RuPaul’s DragCon  – RuPaul’s DragCon is the only place to kiki with your favorite drag queens and stars all under one roof! Come through and meet your faves, snap a selfie, and get your life! Here at DragCon it is RuPaul’s Best Friends Race! Los Angeles, California; May 11 – 13
  • Gay Pride Cambodia – Kingdom of Cambodia Celebrates LGBTQI for the eleventh year with a motto “I AM WHAT I AM.” Phnom Penh, Cambodia; TBA
  • Bangkok Pride Bangkok’s first pride parade since 2006 has been postponed out of respect for the one-year mourning period in recognition of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death, according to Out BKK, one of the event’s main organizers. Bangkok Pride 2017 will be the LGBT event of the year with an awesome line up of workshops, film festivals, LGBT social events, lots of parties and of course the Fabulous Pride march! Bangkok, Thailand; TBA
  • Cyprus Gay Pride – The first ever Gay Pride Parade in Cyprus was held in May 2014 as part of a 15 day Cyprus Pride Festival, announced gay rights organization Accept LGBTI Cyprus according to a report by Cyprus Mail. Nicosia, Cyprus; TBA
  • Bucharest Pride – BUCHAREST PRIDE 2017 Bucharest PRIDE organizing committee invites you to the LGBT annual festival dedicated to the rights! Between the 14th and the 20th of May, we expect events dedicated to the LGBT community and those who want to know more about LGBT culture and life in Romania: community meetings, exhibitions, films, discussions, conferences and, of course, the Marsh of Diversity! Keep talking using #bucharestpride and #sustinlgbt hashtags! Bucharest, Romania; TBA
  • QDoc Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival – Since 2007 QDoc has shown award-winning films fresh from Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Amsterdam and other top-tier festivals. We have shown historical films, personal stories, artist biographies, experimental work and topical films dealing with current controversies. Visiting artists have included prominent filmmakers from all over the U.S. and from as far as Italy and Australia, who have participated in lively discussions after the screenings. We have hosted emerging filmmakers as well as 3 Academy Award-winning directors, enabling dynamic audience interaction with artists. Portland, OR; May 17-20, 2018
  • The Belgian PrideIf the Belgian Pride offering, for a day, freedom for all, gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and friends, to be yourself in the heart of the city, and infuses a wind feast on the capital, this “PRIDE4EVERY1” does nonetheless an event where every year the world‘s Bigay and trans calls, a single voice, solidarity and equality. Belgium, Brussels; May 17-20, 2018
  • New Hope PrideOur Annual Pride Parade is the keystone of the festival. It personifies our diversity by featuring colorful bands, floats, and specialty troupes, while bringing together organizations of service, politics, youth, schools and churches. From noon to 1:00 pm all of these folks “strut their stuff” through town, with enthusiasm, gusto, sincerity and just plain good fun. It’s a party given by NHC, but the invitation is open to all. New Hope, PA; May 18-20, 2018
  • Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival – Fairytales Presentation Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, focusing on celebrating local and national queer artists of all artistic mediums including but not limited to film. Our artistic endeavors strive to provide a safe and respectful venue for members of all communities to celebrate queer culture.  While the term queer often refers to people who are LGBTTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and questioning), Fairytales understands queer to also include those who subscribe to culturally, politically, artistically and otherwise alternative and innovative ways of contributing to society. We see queer as a vista, a way of looking at the world differently- with an eye towards diversity, criticality, and inclusion. Calgary, Canada; TBA
  • Boston Youth Pride is Boston Pride’s program dedicated to youth 21 and under in our community, in Greater Boston and beyond. We produce or co-produce three major events each year: Youth Valentine’s Dance (Saturday, February 24, 2018), Massachusetts Youth Pride (Saturday, May 19, 2018), Boston Pride Youth Dance (Saturday, June 9, 2018). Boston, MA; May 19, 2018
  • Long Beach Pride – Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade has become the 3rd largest in the nation, now attracting over 80,000 participants over the two-day celebration. More than 200 marching groups and floats comprise the parade entries since 1995, representing various religious, human service, governmental and social organizations. Long Beach, CA; May 19-20, 2018
  • CSD PADERBORN/PADERPRIDE – On 6 June 2015 Paderborn gave the first PaderPride, after the first CSD in 1990er years again a public celebration, commemorative and demonstration day of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, Queer, Inter * and Trans *. Nordrhein-Westfalen, Paderborn Germany; TBA
  • Mr. Gay World – The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival announces that it will be hosting the 10thedition of the Mr. Gay World competition in Knysna in May 2018. Knysna, South Africa; May 20-27, 2018
  • CSD DRESDEN – The Christopher Street Day in Dresden  – Various partners, groups, and clubs will perform events, the highlight will be the political demonstration followed by a street festival on the old market in the heart of the city. Sachsen, Dresden Germany; May 25-27, 2018
  • Puerto Vallarta Pride – Vallarta Pride is now a 7-day annual event that pays tribute to the LGBT community with arts and cultural events, concerts, films, beach parties and a lot of fun to show the world the fabulous diversity of our destination. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; May 20-27, 2018
    LiberCine – Festival Internacional de Cine sobre Diversidad Sexual y Genero de Argentina – LIBERCINE is a festival film that deals with “sexual diversity” and “gender” in all its aspects.’s international, competitive, federal and itinerant character. was born in 2008 as “Film Show” became 2010 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL competitive and itinerant. Buenos Aires, Argentina; May 2018
  • Harvey Milk Day – Celebrated to honor Harvey Milk, assassinated politician, on his birthday, it is celebrated officially in California, Milk’s home state. Join thousands across the globe to honor his memory and celebrate his message of hope. Celebrate Harvey Milk’s life story, message, and legacy in celebrating globally on his birthday to give hope and inspire disenfranchised communities. May 22, 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
  • XPOSED International Queer Film Festival – The 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival will take place from May 24th with four days of film programs, discussions, project pitches and celebration of queer cinema at Germany’s oldest cinema, Moviemento Kino Berlin.  Originally, the International Queer Short Film Festival was launched to the public in Berlin to present queer short films from Australia. Meanwhile, the view has expanded: the organizers present in the last few years, films from Canada, Korea, Turkey, India and the Middle East. The festival not only shows the latest queer short films from different countries, but its focus is primarily on identifying and developing the state of queer life of the region. Therefore, the organizers also look for lost treasures and film classics of the queer film scene. Berlin, Germany; May 24-27, 2018
  • Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the first queer festival in India to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. KASHISH was voted as one of the top 5 coolest LGBT film festivals in the world by a worldwide poll conducted by MovieMaker Magazine in 2013. The festival programs the best of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* & queer) films from all over the world, and also organize panel discussions, book readings, and filmmaker interactions. It is open to EVERYONE who is above 18 years old, irrespective of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Mumbai, India; May 23-27, 2018
  • Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival – arguably the biggest LGBTQ+ festival on the African continent.
    The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival announces that it will be hosting the 10th edition of the Mr. Gay World competition in Knysna in May 2018. This will be the third time that South Africa has presented the event; a world first. It will also be the second time that the contest will be held during Pink Loerie. Knysna, South Africa; May 24-27, 2018
  • Tri-City Pridetri-Pride is the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) Pride Festival celebration in Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario.  Waterloo, ON; May 22 – Jun 3, 2018
  • Amsterdam Fetish Pride – Amsterdam will celebrate its fourth Fetish Pride. The city of cheese, tulips, and tolerance welcomes all the fetish fella’s and their friends for a weekend filled with fun. Amsterdam, Netherlands; TBA
  • International Mr. Leather IML– One of the biggest leather/fetish events in the world returns to Chicago this May! We’ll be celebrating our 40th annual contest as the hottest leather (and rubber!) men from around the world converge on the Congress Plaza Hotel for four days of events, including the contest shows, parties, and our HUGE vendor market! Chicago, IL; May 24-28, 2018
  • Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival – For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement, and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out are engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives. Toronto, Canada’ May 24 – June 3, 2018
  • DC Black Pride – Since 1991, BLGPD has presented DC Black Pride (DCBP) annually. Each year, more than 25,000 men and women from all over the world attend DCBP and experience the great culture and history in the Washington, DC area. Washington, DC; May 25-28, 2018
  • Winnipeg Pride – The Pride of the Prairies – is one of the largest celebrations between Toronto and Vancouver of LGBTTQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, queer/questioning, pansexual, asexual and intersex) people and their allies, supporters and friends. Our mission is to affirm the lives of everyone by generating and participating in events that celebrate the history, culture, spirit, and pride of people within the Winnipeg community. We invite everyone from far and wide to join our welcoming city and celebrate Pride in Winnipeg – the heart of the continent. Winnipeg, Manitoba; May 25– Jun 3, 2018
  • Birmingham Gay Pride – Birmingham Pride is a weekend long LGBT festival held annually in the Gay Village on Hurst Street, Birmingham, England: this year is held over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend. It is uniquely the largest LGBT two day festival in the UK – and features a Carnival Parade through the city center, plus the Main Pride Festival Site features the Nightingale Main Stage, dance arena, cabaret marquee, funfair, community village green, central market street, and the friendliest street party. Birmingham Pride is a celebration of the city’s diverse LGBT community and we offer a warm welcome to all. Have a fun and happy Pride weekend.Birmingham, England; May 26-27, 2018
  • Utah Pride Festival – The Utah Pride Festival is a work of love put together every June by the Utah Pride Center. We hope you join us in the coming years for the sunshine and festivities! Salt Lake City, UT; May 30 – June 3, 2018
  • Lisbon Bear PrideAn international encounter for bears and friends in the spectacular city of Lisbon. Parties and fun with optional gastronomic and cultural experiences. Lisbon, Portugal; May 30 – Jun 4,  2018
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