Ultimate Directory of LGBTQ+ Events, Conferences, Parades, and More
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core components of a highly engaged and innovative organization. That’s why driving change, making the world more inclusive, and amplifying LGBTQ+ voices are more critical than ever in our communities and workplaces.
In this article, you’ll find some of the top LGBTQ+ events coming up this year and next year. Did we miss something? Feel free to submit additional events to our event directory. Want more events? Explore conferences that champion diversity, equity, and inclusion.
1. LA Pride
Event Date: June 7-16, 2023 (various events)
Location: Los Angeles, California
More Info: https://lapride.org
LA Pride weekend kicks off on June 7 at the Getty Center, continues on June 8 at Universal with DJs, Universal character meet-and-greets, photo ops, and more, carries into June 9-10 with Mariah Carey and Megan Thee Stallion headlining, and concludes on June 11 with the 53rd Annual LA Pride Parade with more than 145,000 people dancing their way down Hollywood Boulevard with pride! But there’s more! Don’t miss LGBTQ night at Dodger Stadium on June 16.
2. Essex Pride
Event Date: June 24, 2023
Location: Chelmsford, United Kingdom
More Info: https://www.essexpride.org
This annual pride bash was founded in 2003 to showcase the diversity and inclusion in the United Kingdom’s Essex. Essex Pride is an event for the whole community, but it’s more than just a party — it inspires folks to embrace equality and celebrate diversity. Additionally, all ticket and fundraising proceeds go toward running Essex Pride.
3. Chicago Pride Fest
Event Date: June 17-18, 2023
Location: Chicago, IL
More Info: https://northalsted.com/pridefest/
The legendary Chicago Pride Fest® features live music on three stages, food and drink, arts/crafts vendors, DJs and dancing, drag shows, a pet parade, games, giveaways, and more.
Taking place the weekend before the Chicago Pride Parade, this festive event brings more than 60,000 attendees together to celebrate LGBTQ+ life, culture, and community.
Event Date: June 12-16, 2023 (Virtual) + In-person events throughout the month
Location: Virtual and In-Person
More Info: https://lesbianswhotech.org/pridesummit2023/
Over five days in June, #PrideSummit offers the ultimate hybrid experience, with a virtual option alongside satellite in-person events throughout the month — from New York City to Chicago to Portland. But the best part about this event from Lesbians Who Tech, is that it champions diversity, equity, and inclusion.
On the one hand, #PrideSummit welcomes individuals of all identities, including allies, and has featured inspiring personalities, including Stacey Abrams, Kara Swisher, Megan Rapinoe, Kamala Harris, and more. On the other hand, #PrideSummit has created an event model that lets attendees choose the format they are most comfortable with, which is a powerful motivator.
5. Midwest LGBTQ Health Conference 2024
Event Date: TBD 2024
Location: Chicago, IL (potential for virtual attendance)
More Info: https://lgbtqhealthconf.dryfta.com
The most significant scientific gathering of its kind in the United States, the Midwest LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary research conference that brings together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to tackle issues affecting the health and well-being of those in the LGBTQ community. The conference also fosters professional development and provides networking opportunities.
6. BTAC Conference 2024
Event Date: April 23-28, 2024
Location: Dallas, Texas
More Info: https://btac.blacktrans.org
The National Black Trans Advocacy Conference (BTAC) and Awards Gala is a unique, five-day educational and empowerment event. This event welcomes 500+ trans and gender-nonconforming individuals, allies, and partners who are focused on advancing black trans equality.
BTAC features workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches that cover a wide range of topics related to transgender rights, healthcare, social justice, and empowerment. Through these sessions, attendees can learn from experts, share their experiences, and collaborate on strategies to improve the lives of Black transgender individuals.
7. International LGBTQ Leaders Conference
Event Date: November 30-December 2, 2023
Location: Washington D.C.
The International LGBTQ+ Leaders Conference brings together LGBTQ+ leaders, activists, and advocates worldwide to discuss and address the challenges and opportunities in advancing LGBTQ+ rights and representation.
The conference features diverse speakers who share their experiences, insights, and strategies for achieving LGBTQ+ equality and empowerment. Attendees can participate in engaging panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions to exchange ideas, build alliances, and strengthen their leadership skills. The conference also highlights the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in politics and leadership positions, aiming to inspire and empower attendees to become change-makers in their respective fields.
Overall, the International LGBTQ+ Leaders Conference is a global platform to connect, empower, and mobilize LGBTQ+ leaders and advocates. By fostering collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and skill-building, the conference plays a vital role in shaping the future of LGBTQ+ activism and leadership worldwide.