Beyond Pride Month: 16 LGBTQ Events to Check Out in 2020 and 2021
For Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we’re coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. This list provides a comprehensive view of LGBTQ events to attend throughout the year.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core components to a highly engaged and innovative organization. That’s why driving change, making the world more inclusive, and amplifying LGBTQ+ voices is more important than ever in our communities and our workplaces.
2020 marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a key historical event for the LGBT rights movement in the US. Across the globe, LGBTQ+ organizations are coming together to celebrate LGBTQ+ history, progress, and the extraordinary lives of the people that make up this diverse community.
Here’s a look at the top 16 conferences, summits, events, and parades centered around LGBTQ+ communities. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this year (a time of social distancing, lockdowns, and limited gatherings), organizers have found creative and meaningful ways to connect, celebrating the diversity and potency of the LGBTQ+ community as well as their allies in the virtual realm.
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1. LA! Pride 50
Source: LA! Pride 50
Event Date: May 7, 2020 & 2021
LA Pride reimagines 50th-anniversary celebrations via digital platforms.
Why You Should Attend: Christopher Street West (CSW) is an LA-based non-profit that was the first of its kind to produce a parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970, in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City.
For the landmark 50th year anniversary of the parade, Christopher Street West has decided to launch new initiatives hosted on digital platforms to ensure the LGBTQ+ community is honored during Pride month and throughout the year. Check out their website for updates and announcements.
Source: Proudly Resilient
Event Date: June 1 – 30, 2020 & 2021
Proudly Resilient is the first-ever month-long, global pride celebration.
Why You Should Attend: In response to the worldwide cancelation and postponement of Pride celebrations, Out Leadership (known for being the oldest global LGBTQ+ business network) has launched Proudly | Resilient. This 30-day event celebrates the LGBTQ+ identity with over 40 events, 60 speakers, and a variety of sessions. Sessions topics include the history of LGBTQ+, activism, professional development, thought leadership, and many more.
Source: Bi-Fi Festival
Event Date: June 20, 2020
Bi Pride UK’s Bi-Fi Festival is a digital pride event for all people who experience attraction beyond gender.
Why You Should Attend: Bi Pride UK originally scheduled their in-person event for September but pivoted to create this virtual event which will go live on June 20th instead. The online festival features Bi voices, panels, entertainment, and a variety of performers, all streaming through Twitch. They also plan to steam through Facebook to make it even more accessible.
4. Essex Pride
Source: Essex Pride
Event Date: June 20, 2020
Essex Pride is an annual celebration of LGBT+ life in Essex and beyond
Why You Should Attend: The annual pride bash began in 2003 to showcase the diversity and inclusion in Essex. The live-streamed weekend event includes performances, special guests, interviews, and a retrospective on the LGBT+ pride movement.
Source: Virtual Chicago Pride Fest
Event Date: June 20 – 21, 2020
Virtual Chicago Pride Fest is an LGBTQ+ live streaming event and fundraiser.
Why You Should Attend: The Northalsted Business Alliance launched a two-day virtual event, Virtual Chicago Pride Fest, to celebrate the love, life, and diversity of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community. The event includes guest appearances by Nick Jonas, Billy Porter, and LeAnn Rimes. It will also feature performances by The Vixen, Steve Grand, KC Oritz, Catfight, and Boy Band Review, to name a few. For those who missed the live version, the recorded events for each day can be found on their website.
Source: (Not IRL) Pride Summit
Event Date: June 22 – 26, 2020
(Not IRL) Pride Summit is a virtual event intended to be the largest LGBTQ tech gathering in history.
Why You Should Attend: Lesbians Who Tech & Allies launched a weeklong virtual event, (Not IRL) Pride Summit, that was held from June 22nd to June 26th. The five-day community event included over 100 sessions as well as speakers leading the charge in politics, tech, innovation, advocacy, sports, and feminism.
7. Out Now Live
Source: Out Now Live
Event Date: June 22, 2020
Out Now Live is a virtual pride event featuring Elton John, Indya Moore, and more.
Why You Should Attend: The LGBTQ magazine them. launched their first virtual event, Out Now Live, to celebrate stories of LGBTQ+ history and activism, specifically highlighting the stories of Black trans women and queer people of color. In addition to celebrations around LGBTQ+ stories, fundraising for the Ali Forney Center (a nonprofit focused on providing resources, support, and services to at-risk LGBTQ+ youth) will happen throughout the event.
Celebrity speakers and artists that participated in the landmark event include: Elton John, Indya Moore, Tegan and Sara, Adam Lambert, Cara Delevingne, Whoopi Goldberg, and Zachary Quinto, to name a few. To see the archived event, check out the broadcast on YouTube.
Event date: June 22 – 26, 2020
#WorkPride is a global online conference with a series of events for professionals, graduates, inclusive employers, and anyone who believes in workplace equality.
Why You Should Attend: #WorkPride’s mission is to empower the LGBTQ+ community. The conference includes a variety of sessions on diversity and inclusivity. The event will also provide valuable takeaways such as employee resource groups, networking opportunities, student resources, wellness tools, and support during the unprecedented time of COVID-19.
Event Date: June 25, 2020
NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference is an exciting gathering of activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others engaged in LGBTQIA+ human rights.
Why You Should Attend: The Virtual Human Rights Conference is a day-long event that builds on the momentum of previous World-Pride Human Rights Conferences. It includes panel discussions on health, intersectional equality and inclusion, anti-trans violence and the role of guns, the state of LGBTQIA+ media, and more.
Event Date: June 25, 2020
iHeartRadio and P&G join forces to bring together the LGBTQ+ community and allies for this virtual event benefitting six diverse LGBTQ organizations.
Why You Should Attend: #CantCancelPride is an hour-long relief benefit for great LGBTQ causes and organizations. The event commemorates 50 years of Pride with an intersectional message of spirit and strength. It features performances by Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin, Sia, Katy Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Porter, and Big Freedia.
11. Global Pride
Source: Global Pride
Event Date: June 27, 2020
Global Pride provides an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community around the world to come together and celebrate diversity and equality.
Why You Should Attend:Global Pride 2020 launched in April as a partnership between InterPride, the European Pride Organizers Association, and national Pride networks in several countries. This virtual event brings together all LGBTQ+ communities across the globe to celebrate the joy of Pride especially in the face of these uncertain times we are currently living through.
12. Pride Inside
Source: Pride Inside
Event Date: June 28 – July 5, 2020
Pride Inside is an online series of gigs, comedy shows, panel discussions, and arts-based events.
Why You Should Attend: Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Gendered Intelligence, Stonewall, and ParaPride are bringing Pride celebrations inside this year through a ton of entertaining and informative digital events. The line-up will include an exciting array of LGBTQI+ comedians, artists, DJs, musicians, and activists.
Event Date: June 30, 2020
Out in Tech Chicago’s CommUNITY Pride 2020 is an evening of virtual networking for LGBTQIA and allies.
Why You Should Attend:Queer Tech Club, Out in Tech, and the Expedia Group are partnering up for the second year to celebrate Pride with a united virtual networking event. Activities include networking, a giveaway, topical discussions, and the latest announcements from the thriving LGBTQ+ tech scene in the greater Chicago area.
Source: Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium
Event Date: September 16 – 17, 2020
The Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium is a virtual conference that educates medical professionals on how to offer high-quality care that supports and affirms the LGBTQ community.
Why You Should Attend:Over the last four years, MLHS has grown from 150 to over 500 participants, bringing together healthcare professionals from across the country to discuss emerging topics in LGBTQ healthcare. This year the event’s theme is “Being Healthy is a Radical Act”. The digital event will include keynote speakers, sessions, presentations, and networking opportunities.
Source: TransTech Social Summit
Event Date: October 3, 2020
The TransTech Summit is a digital event focused on helping students and professionals of all ages learn new skills, build their professional networks, and connect with employers.
Why You Should Attend: The TransTech Summit, founded by Angelica Ross, seeks to provide resources, training, and networking opportunities to participants. Their content caters to Queer, Trans, and Gender-nonconforming identified professionals. The jam-packed day includes workshops on web/app technology, media technology, design technology, and business technology. The TransTech Summit also provides resources that accelerate Queer, Trans, and Gender-nonconforming individuals’ careers in tech.
Event Date: April 26 – May 2, 2021
The National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala is a distinguished education and empowerment event.
Why You Should Attend:The BTAC conference is a unique and life-changing five-day program providing resources, community building and organizing, leadership development, and celebration of diverse identities. The conference offers over 50 workshops, seminars, CE courses, general sessions, and open-forum discussions. BTCA 2021 features speakers focused on critical issues such as access and parity.
Attend Conferences For LGBTQ+ in 2020 and Beyond
When it comes to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, these 16 conferences are leading the charge. In addition to providing fun and entertaining experiences for participants, the events seek to take real action on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage you to attend these exciting and meaningful events. Connect, learn, and celebrate LGBTQ+ history and lives through the amazing digital get-togethers we’ve featured on this list.