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 important than ever in our communities and our workplaces.
In this article, you’ll some of the top LGBTQ+ events coming up this year and next. 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 10-12, 2022
Location: Los Angeles, California
More Info: https://lapride.org
LA Pride is back in-person for the first time in three years, celebrating its 52nd anniversary. The original and official LA Pride Parade this year is returning to its historic roots in Hollywood — the location of the first LGBTQ parade in 1970. Pride weekend will feature music, performances, exhibitors, special events, and more. Also? Christina Aguilera is headlining the event!
2. Essex Pride
Event Date: June 25, 2022
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 18-19, 2022
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. Expect the likes of Debbie Gibson, Netta, Jamila Woods, and more.
Event Date: June 6-10, 2022
Location: Virtual and In-Person (Various Locations)
More Info: https://lesbianswhotech.org/pridesummit2022/
Taking place over five days in June, #PrideSummit is offering the ultimate hybrid experience, with a virtual option, VIP in-person option, and an option to attend in-person at 10 satellite locations — from New York City to Chicago to Portland. Each of the micro-events will be outdoors and require vaccinations. 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
Event Date: July 28-30, 2022
Location: Chicago, IL (potential for virtual attendance)
More Info: https://lgbtqhealthconf.dryfta.com
The largest 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 wellbeing of those in the LGBTQ community. The conference also fosters professional development and provides networking opportunities.
6. BTAC 2023 Conference
Event Date: April 25-30, 2023
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 50 workshops, seminars, continuing education courses, general sessions, open-forum discussions, and guest speakers.