LGBTQ Youth Conferences

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Youth Conferences bring together thousands of openly LGBT youth to build leadership capacity among LGBTQ youths to create safer and more inclusive communities.

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LGBTQ Youth Conferences

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  • MBLGTACC – The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual LGBTQ three-day conference hosted by Midwestern colleges and universities in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Created in 1993, MBLGTACC includes a variety of workshops, activities, speakers, and entertainment that touch on issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ+ people. MBLGTACC serves as a space for all LGBTQ+ people as well as allies. Everyone is encouraged to attend, even students who do not hail from the Midwest. Chicago, IL; Feb 17-19, 2017
  • Georgia GSA Youth Summit – The 2017 Georgia GSA/LGBTQ+ Youth Summit is a time to meet youth from around the state to be encouraged, inspired, and motivated for action.  It will run from 9:00-6:15, and will offer education, entertainment, breakout sessions, advocacy, and new friendships.  Decatur, GA; Feb 18, 2017
  • Asterisk Trans* Conference – a college conference to build community for trans* people and allies, to address trans* health and well-being, and to provide education and resources for trans* youth advocates. Riverside, CA; Feb 24-25, 2017

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  • Out to Innovate – National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals presents “Out to Innovate™ 2017”, a two-day career summit for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Join us for a weekend of sharing, mentoring, learning, workshops, poster session, and career resources. Boston, MA; Mar 4-5, 2017
  • Five College Queer Sexuality and Gender Conference – The Queer Conference is student-led, and aims to offer an accountable and supportive environment to further explore a wide range of topics and their intersections, such as race, genders, sexualities, ability, class, kink, survival strategies, and many more, in a specifically queer context. The Queer Conference strives to provide a safer space for engaging, learning, and fostering community with a wide range of workshops, panels, performances, and lectures by student leaders, Five College faculty and staff, off-campus educators, and nationally-known performers and speakers. Amherst, MA; Mar 5-6, 2017
  • Campus Pride National LGBTQ-Friendly Job & Career Fair Program – Online Job & Career Fair – The Campus Pride National LGBTQ-Friendly Job and Career Fair Program is designed to support young adults entering the workplace.  As the leading national LGBTQ college nonprofit organization, Campus Prides strives to build future leaders from college to the workplace. The college fair program will directly connect young adults with LGBTQ friendly and inclusive careers to make the job search easier and more accessible. Atlanta, GA; Mar 8, 2017
  • True Colors – True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 3000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTI youth issuesStorrs, CT; Mar 17-18, 2017
  • Leading With Pride – Leading with Pride brings together LGBTQ and ally students from DC’s public and charter schools as well as surrounding schools from Maryland and Virginia. The goal of the day is for students to have fun, connect with one another, and learn new ways to start strengthen or sustain their schools’ Gay- Straight Alliance. Washington, DC; TBA
  • Prideworks Conference for LGBT Youth – Our conference is a full-day educational experience that promotes a positive message, teaches leadership skills, and fosters a sense of community for LGBTQ Youth, their allies and the adults in their lives in the lower Hudson Valley.  Workshops and seminars are carefully selected that focus on creating safe and supportive environments and improving self-advocacy and leadership skills so attendees can better understand themselves, advocate for equality, and enhance their schools and communities. Yorktown Heights, NY; TBA

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  • BlaqOUT – As the host of the 3rd BlaqOUT Conference 2016, the University of California, Riverside cordially invites all folks who self-identify as Black/African American or of African descent and as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBT spectrum to apply to attend. Riverside, CA; April 8-9, 2016
  • The Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference – First held in 2011, the YAC has become Pennsylvania’s largest statewide gathering of LGBTQ youth. The conference is organized by the Pennsylvania Youth Congress community – and is open to all young Pennsylvanians. The 2016 YAC is dedicated to liberating LGBTQ people from violence. Our vision statement grounds us to hold this conference on the how we can end the assault, harassment, and murder against LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, particularly against queer and trans people of color, and toward the empowerment of a generation of LGBTQ youth leaders fighting for Beloved communities throughout our state. Philadelphia, PA; Apr 8-10, 2016
  • Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters. Apr 21, 2017
  • Expression Not Suppression – Expression Not Suppression (ENS) is a Fresno-based annual conference for LGBTQ youth and straight allies who are dedicated to creating safer schools and building the GSA movement in the Central Valley. ENS is youth-planned and youth-led. Fresno, CA; TBA
  • Out and Greek – Out & Greek Institute for LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leaders. San Diego, CA; TBA
  • Time to Thrive – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE, the annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth…everywhere! Washington, DC; Apr 28-30, 2017

May –

  • Beyond Tolerance – NYQueer’s 10th annual Beyond Tolerance Conference, which focuses on issues pertaining to gender and sexuality and targets high school students, high school age youth and the adults who work with them!  New York, NY; May 6, 2016

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  • Trans Youth and Parent Summit – Since 2008 BAGLY and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition have worked together to provide an opportunity for transgender youth to meet and connect with transgender and other gender variant youth and the larger transgender community. At the summit, we share ideas, learn about legal rights and health information, and participate in workshops and fun activities including gender identity groups, art workshops, trans healthcare workshops, and more! Cambridge, MA; July 9, 2016
  • Gender Spectrum – Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.Berkeley, CA; July 9-10, 2016
  • Camp Pride –  Camp Pride is the nation’s premiere LGBTQ Leadership Academy for undergraduate LGBTQ and ally students. Join us to develop your social justice and leadership skills. Advisor Bootcamp is for professionals working with LGBTQ college students on campuses. Expand your knowledge, enhance your skills as well as collaborate with others who share your passion for advising and creating safer, more welcoming communities. Charlotte, NC; July 11-16, 2017

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  • Gender Odyssey Family Conference – Gender Odyssey’s conference programming is focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse people from across North America and around the world. Gender Odyssey is a place where we can gather together, learn from one another, and celebrate our growing communities. By creating a place where we can share our collective experience, Gender Odyssey’s primary objective is to offer tools to navigate obstacles and provide pathways to individual and community empowerment. Seattle, WA; Aug 24-27, 2017

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  • OUT On the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is honored to host the 7th Annual OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit (OOTH2015) in Washington, D.C. on September 14-17, 2016. OOTH2016 is a unique and important convening that brings together 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; Sept 14-17, 2016
  • Gender Infinity – Gender Infinity creates affirming spaces for families, learners, advocates, and providers to advance relationships, knowledge, and resources that empower gender diverse individuals. In our journey together we promote justice, equity, and hope in the celebration of infinite gender possibilities. Houston, TX; Sep 16-17, 2016
  • Out for Undergrad Marketing – The goal of O4U Marketing is to bring business, marketing, communications, liberal arts, and design students together with LGBTQ professionals from top marketing, digital, retail, and consumer product companies. Students will truly learn what life is like in the fields of advertising, product management, analytics, media, and branding. Chicago, IL;  Sept 16-18, 2016
  • Out for Undergrad Tech – Working with LGBT professionals from over 40 of the top tech firms in Silicon Valley and around the world, we help rockstar LGBTQ undergraduates learn about job opportunities, explore career paths, and develop strategies for managing and leveraging their identity to their advantage in the workplace. San Francisco, CA;  Sept 23-25, 2016
  • Out for Undergrad Business –  Our vision is to educate, inspire, and advance LGBT undergraduates who are interested in careers in financial services, management consulting, and accounting. New York, NY; Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016

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  • LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference – Each year, HBGC hosts the LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference, a two-day summit that inspires empowers QTPOC youth with knowledge and skills and mobilizes LGBTQ youth of color to organize and advocate for justice and equity. The YEC is one of the largest gatherings of queer youth of color in New England and attracts over 300 young QTPOC between the ages of 14 and 25 each year. Participants join us from across the country to teach, learn, build community, exchange resources, and create social change. The conference includes a keynote address by outstanding QTPOC artists and activists, a resource fair with information about programs, services, events and opportunities for LGBTQ youth, exciting performances, meals and snacks, and an after party where attendees can relax and socialize after a full day of movement building. Cambridge, MA; Oct 8-9, 2016
  • Out for Undergrad Engineering –  Our vision is to educate, inspire, and advance LGBT undergraduates who are interested in careers in financial services, management consulting, and accounting. Palo Alto, CA; Oct 14-16, 2016
  • Spirit Day – Millions of people went purple on Spirit Day to send a clear message: bullying is unacceptable. Together, we all showed LGBTQ youth that we’ve got their backs. Oct 19, 2017

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  • Campus Pride National Online College Fair & Prep Day For LGBTQ and Ally College Students – Nov 8, 2017
  • IVYQ – Harvard IvyQ dares to imagine a radically inclusive and explorative queer community beyond binaries and the LGB. We want to create interactive, educational, and individual-centered spaces where members can engage with speakers, activists,and each other to explore under-analyzed pieces of the self, others, and unrepresented queer communities. Harvard IvyQ is intent on making this conference an immersive social experience, full of hype, that is accessible to everyone. Financial aid for fees and transportation is available upon request. Cambridge, MA; Nov 10-13 2016
  • Gender Conference East – Gender Conference East’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive space dedicated solely to the needs of children and youth across the gender spectrum. Newark, NJ; Nov 11-12, 2016
  • 2016 Youth Empowerment Summit – YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led. San Francisco, CA; Nov 19, 2016

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Gay Calendar November 2016

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International LGBT events including circuit parties, gay pride, queer film festivals and so much more!

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Gay Calendar November 2016

  • Out in the Open – OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s newest festival celebrating community diversity. It was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ) & allied communities and to build a more inclusive community in Greater Shepparton. Shepparton, Victoria, Australia; Nov 3-6, 2016
  • Queersicht Gay and Lesbian Film Festival BernThe aim of QUEERSICHT is to organize an event in Bern with highlights of the “queer cinema”, which do not find their way into “normal” cinema. The program includes short, feature and documentary films. The audience prize “The Pink Glasses” is awarded to the best short film. Bern, Switzerland; Nov 3-9, 2016
  • Mezipatra Queer Filmový Festival / Mezipatra Queer Film FestivalWhat is Mezipatra? Around a hundred top-ranking films on lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer themes+ an international competition+ exhibitions, lectures, workshops, discussions and parties+ 110 000 viewers, both gay and straight, in ten different cities in the Czech Republic. Prague, Brno Czech Republic; Nov 3-18, 2016
  • SKIN-WEEKEND – Berlin Leather and Fetish eV the popular BLF GAY SKINHEAD – WEEKEND in Berlin. Berlin, Germany; Nov 4-6, 2016
  • Mr Leather Spain – Elección de Mr. Leather Spain 2015. Benidorm, Spain; Nov 4-6, 2016
  • Black Party Weekend – One weekend, 3 parties! To celebrate BLACK PARTY’S 20th birthday, Angels will organize a particularly spectacular party, the motto of which will be FALLING DEMONS. Encouraged by great music, fallen demons in the form of enticing Incubi, Succubi and fear inciting zombies will perform sexy dances on the stage of Club X-TRA, aiming to seduce beautiful und innocent angels. Top DJs from all over the world will heat up the night with their beats. DJ-Producer Mauro Mozart will be joining us from Brazil, Eddie Martinez is flying in from the US. Both DJs, supported by many others, will lead you into the realm of ecstatic dances with their hot beats and great tunes. A highlight of the party will be the live show act by Amannda and our Angels Gogo Boys. Zurich, Switzerland; Nov4-6, 2016
  • Greater Palm Springs Pride – 30 Years of Pride in the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest-running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California. A diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks, and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is like no place else – Palm Springs Pride. Palm springs, CA; Nov4-6, 2016
  • Uno Sguardo Normale, Sardinia Queer Short Film Festivalis a short movie contest dedicated to published and unpublished LGBT and queer films in all their possible meanings, perspectives, and realities. Caligari, Sardinia Italy; Nov 4-12, 2016
  • Tromsø Arctic Pride – We celebrate diversity at 69 degrees north. Any color, gender, and files are welcome to celebrate that we are all unique and of equal worth and that we all have a right to be as similar or different we want. Let us celebrate the diversity and joy of creating heat in a cold winter week. Tromso Arctic Pride is the northernmost pride festival. Tromsø, Norway; Nov 5-13, 2016
  • Winter Pride Maspalomas – Winter Pride Maspalomas is the final gay pride celebration in the European calendar year. An open air event with an average outside temperature of 23 degrees. One week of amazing events with live shows with international artists, pool parties, boat excursions, parade, dance sessions and more! The theme for the 2016 edition is Acceptance & Respect, Keys to Life. Maspalomas, Spain; Nov 7-13, 2016
  • Sneak Week Paris – EUROPEAN SPORTSWEAR/SNEAKERS MEETING Paris, France; Nov 9-13, 2016
  • Florence Queer Festival – International film festival and art gay, lesbian and transgender people. Florence, Italy; Nov 9-15, 2016
  • PinkPanorama Festival Gay and Lesbian Film Festival LucerneWer denkt, dass sich das alljährlich im Herbst stattfindende Filmfestival nur an Direktbetroffene richtet, liegt falsch. Ziel der PinkPanorama-Veranstaltenden ist es schwule, lesbische, bisexuelle und transgender Lebenswelten einem breiten Publikum näher zu bringen. Lucerne, Switzerland; Nov 10-16, 2016
  • Pink Screens – Queer Film Festival BrusselsPink Screens is back for the 15th consecutive time. The Brussels Queer Film Festival celebrates alternative sexualities and genders through nearly 80 films, performances, an exhibition, workshops, gigs, parties and lots of surprises… Brussels, Belgium; Nov 10-19, 2016
  • Outburst Queer Arts FestivalOUTBURST ARTS, Northern Ireland’s queer creative initiative and annual celebration of all that is bold and lovely in the world of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer + friends creative goodness. Belfast, Northern Ireland; Nov 10-19, 2016
  • PrideFest – Pride Western Australia is WA’s largest community group, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community. Originally incorporated in 1993, its roots go back to the 1989 march on Parliament. PrideFest kicks off with a Parade and Celebration in November. Northbridge, Western Australia; Nov 11-20, 2016
  • Come Out with Pride Orlando – The largest LGBT event in Florida is an incredible opportunity for the entire Central Florida community to come together and celebrate our strength, our diversity, and our pride. The 12th annual Come Out With Pride festival, postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew, has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 12 at Lake Eola Park. A full revised schedule of activities and entertainment will be released soon. Orlando, FL; Nov 12, 2016
  • Gotland Pride – Pride festival in Visby on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Sweden. Visby, Sweden; Nov 15-20, 2016
  • Fringe! The London Gay Film FestFringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone. We’re not-for-profit and run by a team of passionate volunteers. From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2015 will be hosting a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. With our signature blend of eye-opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, we’ll be packing out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs. London, UK; Nov 15-20, 2016
  • Waterford Pride – Waterford Pride Mardi Gras Festival, an event celebrating diversity in Waterford City, Ireland. From its humble beginnings in the early 2000s, the event has grown to become one of the country’s biggest pride festivals. In 2013 we take a massive leap by creating Ireland’s first Mardi Gras festival. Waterford, Ireland; Nov 17-20, 2016
  • Annual National NGLCC Dinner Gala – NGLCC will celebrate 14 years of connecting the LGBT business communities with a premier gala at the 2016 NGLCC National Dinner on Friday, November 18 at the stunning National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Each year, this signature event is dedicated to celebrating leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs, corporations and supplier diversity advocates, and government and community leaders. Washington DC; Nov 18, 2016
  • International Gay And Lesbian Volleyball Tournament – Vorspiel and the women/lesbian sports club Seitenwechsel invite you again to the international Goldelsen-Cup in Berlin. Nov 18-20, 2016
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence. Nov 20, 2016
  • FACE a FACE Festival du film gay et lesbien de Saint-EtienneThe Festival FACE A FACE is one of the most important LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) film festival in France! Saint-Etienne, France; Nov 24-27, 2016
  • White Party Week Miami South Beach – The Miami White Party features a week of fund-raising events and parties with the main event being the legendary White Party. Miami, FL; No 25-28, 2016
  • Perv Queerotic Film and Video Festival – We will not be holding the proper big Perv Queerotic Film Festival this year. Instead, we will be having one super great screening and panel on Friday 26th November. Big thanks to all the filmmakers that have already submitted their fabulously dirty films for this year’s festival. We will keep your films for consideration for our proper festival next year. Sydney, Australia; Nov 26, 2016

Gay Calendar November 2016

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Pride Calendar October 2016

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LGBT Pride Dates, Film Festivals, Leather Weekends and other events throughout the International Gay Community.

Pride Calendar October 2016

  • Mr Fetish Germany – As a member of the LFC we discharge of Rheinfetisch the honor together with the Association FGC NRW this year’s delegates meeting here in Cologne. In addition to the meeting there will be an extensive program, which will be released here shortly. One of the highlights we can already reveal that the choice of Mr.Fetish Germany, which was also our Mr.Fetish NRW will participate 2015th. Cologne, Germany; Oct 1, 2016
  • FESTDIVQ- Festival Venezolano de Cine de la Diversidad – The Venezuelan Film Festival Diversity-FESTDIVQ is a cinematic encounter, activist, academic and cultural artistic and held in Venezuela. It is the first competitive festival of this nature created in the country.The Venezuelan Film Festival Diversity- FESTDIVQ’s main purpose is to promote a space for discussion and reflection of production, dissemination and research of Venezuelan and international filmmaking GLBTIQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer). Caracas, Venezuela;  Oct 5-7, 2016
  • QueerFilmFest Rostock The annual Queer Film Festival taking place from 22 to 24.10 we present short films, documentaries and feature films with queerem Kontent; and as a kick-off event POLDO; in Peter Weiss’s house to create a space for Liebhaber_innen queer films and enrich the cultural landscape in Rostock something.  Like every year, it is the last day of the feast give a legendary closing party from 24.00Uhr. Business as Usual? -Nee. The respective first film block starts already 19.00Uhr to make between the two blocs more time for discussion. So, rolls the purple rug !!! Rostock, Germany; Oct 6-8, 2016
  • Pride by the BeachPride by the Beach is ready to go!!!!!! We are celebrating our community by Showing the Diversity Within. We want to show that everyone matters! It’s time to celebrate everyone no matter who they are regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, etc. Oceanside, CA; Oct 8, 2016
  • Atlanta Pride Festival  Come celebrate the 45th annual Atlanta Pride with us in 2015! Atlanta Pride in Piedmont Park.  Atlanta, GA; Oct 8, 2016
  • Maspalomas Fetish Week – Gran Canaria, Spain; Oct 8-16, 2016
  • Outfest – The largest National Coming Out Day (NCOD) event in the world in the heart of the Gayborhood! Philadelphia, PA; Oct 9, 2016
  • National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual civil awareness day internationally observed on October 11 to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community. The process of coming out involves self-disclosure of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Oct 11, 2016
  • QueerFilm Festival BremenFor six days, the festival presents the Bremen Municipal Cinema  City46 a diverse mix of films, documentaries and short films, which selects the volunteer team of the current annual production. All films are shown as premieres Bremer; if possible in the original version. The supporting program of the festival also includes discussions with directors and activists. Bremen, Germany; Oct 11-16, 2016
  • Filmfest homochrom – Although Filmfest homo chrome is one of the youngest LGBT film festivals in Germany, it is therefore, the only one in Germany’s gay capital Cologne and its biggest conurbation, the Rhine-Ruhr area.That’s why we are giving our best to establish at outstanding programs. 11-16/10/2016, Cologne 20-23/10/2016, Dortmund
  • The Iris Prize – The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation is the only short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is what filmmakers need – funding, support, and guidance. The Iris Prize is presented annually during the Iris Prize Festival which takes place in Cardiff, Wales. The 2016 program will include up to 20 new feature films, screenings of all 30 short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 10 competing for the Best British Short, the Producers Forum, talks and lots of parties! Our country focus for 2015 will be Ireland. Cardiff, UK; Oct 12-16, 2016
  • Stamped – Pensacola LGBT Film Fest – The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival highlights the artistic contributions both nationally and internationally of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) films and filmmakers. The unique ability of film to transcend stereotypes and relate to the viewer opens the door to a dialogue about the LGBT experience, building a stronger and more open Pensacola. Pensacola, FL; Oct 13-15, 2016
  • BearScotFest – BearScots holds a number of events throughout the year. Many of these are open to both members and non-members. Edinburgh, Scotland; Oct 13-16, 2016
  • Nashville Black Pride – The mission statement of Nashville Black Pride© (NBP) is: to bring together African American and other Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)/Same Gender Loving (SGL) People of Color in a social, non-threatening empowering setting to uplift, educate and present positive images that help to maintain a healthy, productive and visionary community. Nashville, TN; Oct 14-16, 2016
  • The Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival / Festival Internacional de Cinema LGTIB de Catalunya – In the present  16th edition, we have expanded our partnership with some important entities, such as Òmnium Cultural, Fundació Àmbit Prevenció, and the opening night will be with Casa America Catalonia. The sessions will take place at the Cinematheque. Several debates and collaborations with these entities will complete the program. For instance, the subject AIDS thirty years later will be discussed with Òmnium Cultural, and the transphobia subject  with the Fundació Àmbit Prevenció of Raval District, Barcelona City Council. Barcelona, Spain; Oct 14-23, 2016
  • San Gabriel Valley Pride – San Gabriel Valley Pride began in 2001 with a small group of volunteers eager to unite the LGBT Community in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas. Pasadena, CA; Oct 15, 2016
  • Sarasota Pride – “Color the World with Pride” Sarasota Pride, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Sarasota, Florida. Our mission is to promote the elimination of prejudice and discrimination, the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, along with visibility and self-esteem among gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons and to promote a positive image in the Sarasota area and throughout Florida through community activities and services. Sarasota, FL; Oct 15, 2016
  • Pite Pride – Sweden’s first Pride tour – seems to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other people with queer expressions and identities have the same rights, opportunities,  and responsibilities as everyone else. We support any form of discrimination such as racism, sexism, homophobia, trans-phobia and the like. We welcome the differences and diversity with a focus on LGBT people – and all people who support this. All people are equal in focus and with Pite Pride, we hope that we contribute to a more open society and promote the development of LGBT people around Pite where we will visit Arjeplog, Arvidsjaur, Älvsbyn and with great finishing in Piteå, where even Pride parade will go. Arjeplog October 16, 2016, Arvidsjaur October 23, 2016, Älvsbyn 18-19 November 2016 (18 November only for secondary schools) and Pitea 1 to 4 December  2016
  • PERLEN – Queer Film Festival HannoverIt is a very special year for Hanover Queer Film Festival: The PEARLS celebrating its 20th anniversary – and we want to celebrate big with you! Queer Film Festival Hannover shows a week, the most remarkable films of the year with LGBTI * – Thematik, specifically 17 feature films, 3 short film programs and 8 documentaries in 28 performances. Hannover, Germany; Oct 16-22, 2016
  • Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film FestivalThe Lesbian Gay Film Festival Hamburg | International Queer Film Festivalare Germany’s oldest, biggest and queer from the outset Film Festival. Once a year in October they attract around 15,500 Besucher_innen in Hamburg cinemas and places of fringe events. In the 26th year of its existence, the festival will present fresh and open-minded as ever. Hamburg, Germany; Oct 18-23, 2016
  • NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival – New York’s premier LGBT Film Festival celebrates its 28th anniversary and fourth year in partnership with Los Angeles’ Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center with a diverse and compelling collection of narratives, documentaries, shorts and parties! New York, NY;  Oct 20-25, 2016
  • HustlaBall Berlin – HustlaBall originated in 1998 from a New York meeting of hustlers advertising on HustlaBall Berlin – the biggest and most successful HustlaBall party worldwide. The concept was adapted to the European market and the Berlin freedom made it possible to get a couple of thousand guests from all over the world to Berlin each year. Oct 21, 2016
  • GAINESVILLE BLACK PRIDEGBP is affiliated with the International Federation of Black Prides. Our primary purpose and function is to the community of color North Central Florida and the surrounding areas. Black Pride is dedicated to organizing and promoting unity for diverse people of varying complexions.  The focus of GBP is to provide outreach and awareness of pride, and prevention education on   HIV/AIDS awareness and other health related conditions prevalent among same gender loving communities. These goals are  attained through outreach, workshops, activities with entertainment and social justice events. Gainesville, FL; Oct 21-23, 2016
  • Salvation-BerlinTHE GREATEST PARTY IN TOWN MALZFABRIK A party with more than just sexy men for over ten years the Salvation party has been appearing in London and building its reputation. Today, Salvation-Berlin is known for its high-tech laser shows, spectacular performances and some of the best DJ line-ups possible never leaves its guests disappointed. The cutting-edge sound systems and internationally recognized DJs are just basics for the party. Posh décor, unique props and top quality performances are no wonder this international gay gala has become internationally recognized so quickly. The next city trembling with excitement is Berlin, which is expected to top all locations this year. All of the aforementioned DJs have been spinning at gay parties around the world and have plenty of experience to guarantee a memorable Salvation-Berlin. In addition to outrageous fire show, high-flying acrobats, sexy go-go boys and amazing vocal performances. Salvation Berlin will be taking place in the Malzfabrik warehouse in Schöneberg (gay district in Berlin), giving it a pulse-throbbing club vibe. Oct 22, 2016
  • Honolulu Gay Pride – The mission of the Hawai`i LGBT Legacy Foundation is to support, empower, unify, and facilitate LGBT organizations and individuals in Hawai`i. Honolulu, HI; Oct 22, 2016
  • Taiwan International Queer Film Festival – The first and only LGBTQ film festival in Taiwan comes back for a second year! Taiwan International Queer Film Festival brings back a bigger, hotter film slate including Robin Williams’ last feature drama “Boulevard”;  “I am Michael ” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts;  Thailand and Lithuanian’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film “Summer of Sangaile” and “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)”, and many winners from the biggest film festivals: Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Edinburgh… Many filmmakers and cast will be coming to the Festival for talks and Q & A. Don’t miss them! Taipei :Oct 22-30; Shin Kong Cinemas; Taichung : Dec 14-18 Wonderful Cinemas; Kaohsiung : Nov 17-20 MLD Cinema/ Oscar Digital Theatres.
  • Vinokino Lesbian & Gay Film Festival – Vinokino is the only Finnish gay and lesbian film festival. Turku Oct 26-30, 2016  Helsinki Nov 16-20, 2016
  • LESGAICINEMAD: The Madrid Gay and Lesbian Film FestivalLesGaiCineMad  is the festival of LGBT theme of Madrid most important Spanish – speaking countries, both spectators and scope, and quantity of films.LesGaiCineMad was created to give visibility to this group. For 20 editions, and with the support of Triangle Foundation , the festival has screened over a hundred titles in its Official Section; some of them several times thanks to our broadcast, have been released in theaters despite economic constraints. Madrid, Spain; Oct 27 – Nov 13, 2016
  • Amsterdam Kink Academy (AKA) – The Amsterdam Kink Academy (AKA) is a group of gay fetish enthusiasts who arrange events for the community to provide more information on fetish and kink activities. All the members are members of BLUF and some of the events are done in association with BLUF. Amsterdam; Oct 28-29, 2016
  • Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film FestivalThe 27th International Film Festival & lesbian feminist Paris. Paris, France; Oct 28 – Nov 1, 2016
  • Taiwan Parade – Organized by Taiwan LGBT Pride Community, Taiwan LGBT Pride is one of the largest LGBT Pride events in Asia. It is hosted annually in the capital city of Taipei. Taipei, Taiwan; Oct 29, 2016

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Cape Town Pride 2016

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Cape Town Gay Pride – Cape Town Pride is a 10 Festival to celebrate being Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer or asexual. Cape Town, SA; Feb 19-28, 2016

Cape Town Pride 2016

Cape Town Pride 2016

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The annual Cape Town Pride Festival is a celebration of our wonderful diversity, and also creates awareness around issues impacting on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities locally and throughout Africa.

The Pride Shelter Trust is the soul beneficiary of Cape Town Pride.

Khumbulani Pride

Since 2006, with the brutal murder of Zoliswa Nkonyana, the Western Cape has experienced a spike in the number of reported cases of brutal crimes against sexual minorities, including lesbians; gays and trans- women individuals. So far there has been countless reported murders.

It also does not help that we have religious leaders who are spewing words of hate, and actually encouraging the brutality targeted towards the LGBTI community.

To thoroughly impress the seriousness of the seriousness of these crimes and to make the community aware, we have decided on the theme “Khumbula (ni)”. The theme aims to express how the community incorporating LGBT is mourning the loss and brutality targeted at sexual minorities, and to commemorate the brothers and sisters who have died senseless deaths. We also aim to use this opportunity to do community awareness and educational campaigns in collaboration with other community organizations, targeting venues and places where community members often gather or socialize.

What we hope to achieve with Khumbulani Pride:

  • What we envisage with this event is to raise awareness in these communities, and possibly raise the spirit of humanity and respect the equality of individuals and of course the respect of human life.
  • Community education does have a ripple effect, and by reaching strategic partners like churches etc. would yield positive results.
  • We also want to remind the communities that the lives that were ended abruptly, were someone’s child; brother; sister and they had their lives ahead of them.
  • Bring visibility of a united LGBTI community.

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2016

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (NSW) – SGLMG has existed since 1978 primarily for the benefit of Sydney’s LGBTQI community, the enjoyment of a wider audience and as a global beacon of diversity, acceptance and LGBTQI rights. It includes the iconic Parade (Mar 5th) and the Queer Screen queer film festival. Feb 19 – Mar 6, 2016

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2016

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2016

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival brings together a dazzling array of events spanning sports, theatre and performance, visual arts, talks and forums, a massive picnic in the park, spectacular parties and of course, our world-famous parade. All just for you.

To raise the visibility of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities.

Indulge in everything or just a few events, but whatever you do, don’t miss it. The most colourful gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex pride event in the world. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is a season of arts, cultural and social events for the LGBTQI communities and their friends, held in Sydney each year and culminating in the Mardi Gras Parade.

Today, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. It captures the imagination of Australia’s LGBTQI and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks on end, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, celebration and self-expression.

So how did Mardi Gras reach this iconic status? The ironic thing is that the key reason for its success was the opposition it faced when it began. The first march took place on Saturday 24th June 1978 at 10pm and it was met with unexpected police violence.

Mardi Gras was Sydney’s contribution to the international Gay Solidarity Celebrations, an event that had grown up as a result of the Stonewall riots in New York. Mardi Gras was one of a series of events by the Gay Solidarity Group to promote the forthcoming National Homosexual Conference, and offer support to San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day and it’s campaign against California State Senator John Brigg’s attempts to stop gay rights supporters teaching in schools. It was also intended to protest the Australian visit of homophobic Festival of Light campaigner Mary Whitehouse.

Several hundred gays, lesbians and straight supporters – some in fancy dress and some simply rugged up against the cold – gathered at Taylor Square and followed a truck with a small music and sound system down Oxford Street to Hyde Park. As revellers joined in along Oxford St, the police harassed the lead float along the route and when the march stopped in Hyde Park, where telegrams of support were to be read, police confiscated the lead float truck and arrested the driver Lance Gowland. Angered by this, 1500 revellers diverted up William St to Darlinghurst Road, where the police had closed the road. At this point the police swooped and violently arrested 53 men and women, many of whom were beaten in cells. Over the months that followed more protests and arrests took place and the actions of the police came to be seen as heavy handed.

By April in 1979 the parliament of New South Wales repealed the NSW Summary Offences Act legislation that had allowed the arrests to be made and created a new Public Assemblies Act which meant that Sydneysiders no longer had to apply for a permit to have a demonstration. They simply needed to inform the police. As such that first Mardi Gras march was a major civil rights milestone beyond the gay community. Up to 3,000 people marched in an incident-free parade in 1979. In 1980 a key new element was introduced – the post-parade party. In 1981 the decision was taken to move the event forward to summer to enjoy better weather. The face of the modern Mardi Gras we know today was taking shape.

The rate of growth for both parade and party was considerable. The estimates for the parade audiences show it doubling every year till it reached 50,000 in 1984. Meanwhile the post-parade party, which had attracted 700 in 1981 was attracting around 6,000 people. The event was also beginning to generate sizeable profits.

The 1985 Parade was almost cancelled after the head of Australia’s AIDS Task Force was quoted as appealing to ‘the gays to be responsible enough to cancel the Mardi Gras activities’. The venue owners for the post-parade party tried to cancel that event, but in the end settled for a doubling of the venue hire fees!

A key part of the Mardi Gras experience was the clash between supporters and detractors of the gay community. From the mid-1980s onwards the most notable of the latter was the Reverend Fred Nile, a vociferous ‘moral’ crusader. He would pray for rain (which he did occasionally get) and turn out to denounce the parade.

The event began to enjoy extensive media coverage from the mid-80s onwards and the crowds continued to swell, from 200,000 in 1989 to over 500,000 in 1993. Large numbers of interstate and international travellers had started flying in for the event as well, generating an estimated $38 million for the NSW economy.

By 1994 the event had certainly moved to the mainstream. In a controversial move the ABC screened a 50-minute programme of edited highlights at 8.30pm. Despite the criticism the show gave the ABC its best ever Sunday night ratings. In 1997 the event moved over to Channel Ten, the first commercial broadcaster to cover the event.

Throughout the late Nineties and early part of this century the event continued to grow, both in terms of tourist and spectator numbers, the quality of the events and the scope of the festival. By 2002 the organisation had grown to encompass a large full-time staff, including its own travel organisation.

Despite some warning it came as a huge surprise to many when the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went into receivership in March 2002. A combination of reduced tourist numbers after September 11th, a tripling of insurance costs and a stubbornly high cost base had sent the organisation into the red.

A group of community organisations intervened at this point to fund a new organisation, New Mardi Gras, to ensure the continuity of the event and to buy the intellectual property from the creditors. Since 2002, New Mardi Gras has effectively run the key elements of the Mardi Gras season – a festival of approximately 100 different arts events, a 70,000-person daytime picnic called Fair Day, the Parade Post-Parade Party.

After a couple of turbulent years Mardi Gras is back to its old form. In 2006 Conde Nast named it as one of the world’s top ten costume parades in the world. Meanwhile Planetout named it as the best gay event in the world. In 2008 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary. In 2012 we produced our largest ever Parade with 10,000 colourful participants.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras remains the one truly global gay annual event and a uniquely attractive escape from the Northern Hemisphere winter.

During 2010 and 2011 we carried out a set of consultation exercises and initiated a project to add a new sense of purpose to our event. The results of this is that in November 2011 we announced three things:

  • That our organisation, after 9 years, would change its name back to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to provide a link to our past and that we would retain our Sydney Opera House and Pink Triangle logo for the organisation
  • That we would rename the event the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to better reflect our multi-faceted LGBTQI community, offer an embrace to the wider world and
  • That we would adopt a new symbol of Infinite Love to reflect our new ambition – to inspire the world to love each other by celebrating the power and beauty of diversity.

For more information about Mardi Gras and gay Sydney in general you can visit the Pride History Group.

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Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival

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Mardi Gras Film Festival – QueerScreen – There have been lesbian and gay film festivals in Sydney since 1978. Initially these were run by the Australian Film Institute. In 1986, the AFI partnered with what was then theSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to present an annual ‘Sydney Gay Film Week’during the Mardi Gras festival. The film festival was taken over by commercial concerns in 1991, but still screened as a highlight of the Mardi Gras season. Sydney, Australia; Feb 18 – Mar 3, 2016

Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival

Welcome to the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival, brought to you by Queer Screen. We’ve planned a massive festival for you to enjoy, with more films, more venues, more international guests and more filmmaker events. So clear your schedule and come join us!

There have been lesbian and gay film festivals in Sydney since 1978. Initially these were run by the Australian Film Institute.  In 1986, the AFI partnered with what was then theSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to present an annual ‘Sydney Gay Film Week’during the Mardi Gras festival.  The film festival was taken over by commercial concerns in 1991, but still screened as a highlight of the Mardi Gras season.

In 1993, a group of queer Sydney filmmakers, students and others approached Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with a view to establishing an independent organisation whose primary focus was queer film and screen culture.  This organisation, Queer Screen, had the central aim of reclaiming Sydney’s GLBTIQ film festival as owned and operated by the community.  From that time, Mardi Gras was the principal funding body of Queer Screen, initially with a five-year funding agreement, followed by a three-year agreement in 1998. This agreement came to an end with the 2001 Mardi Gras Film Festival.

The Mardi Gras Film Festival has grown considerably since 1993. It is now one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top five queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in this territory.

For 10 years, Queer Screen’s documentary festival, queerDOC, was the first and only GLBTIQ documentary festival in the world, and the annual My Queer Career competition pioneered queer short film competitions exclusively for locally produced work. Both events are now part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

In recent years, new initiatives have grown to include special events and curated programs right across Australia, making Queer Screen one of only a handful of GLBTIQ film organisations world-over to operate a national slate of events throughout the year.

Since 2013, a new film festival, the Queer Screen Film Fest, has become a major event that delivers the latest GLBTIQ movies to the Sydney’s screens in the month of September.

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Utah Gay Ski Weekend 2016

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Utah Gay Ski Weekend – When we decided to expand the Elevation brand to a new resort, Park City was at the top of the list from the very beginning. It is an amazing world-class resort. Park City has a multitude of venues for events, as well as great restaurants and hotels. Park City is easily accessible from anywhere in the country. You can be in downtown Park City a half hour after you land in Salt Lake City. Park City, UT; Feb 18-21, 2016

Utah Gay Ski Weekend 2016

Utah Gay Ski Weekend 2016

For the past 13 years, Elevation Mammoth has taken place in Mammoth Lakes, California and quickly grew to be the 3rd largest gay ski week in North America, now bringing more than 2,500 people to the High Sierras each year.

When we decided to expand the Elevation brand to a new resort, Park City was at the top of the list from the very beginning. It is an amazing world-class resort. Park City has a multitude of venues for events, as well as great restaurants and hotels. Park City is easily accessible from anywhere in the country. You can be in downtown Park City a half hour after you land in Salt Lake City.

This is a weekend about serious fun, new and old friends, and a community coming together. So, in the spirit of Elevation, a tip for the weekend that I always give every year: Be friendly. Introduce yourself. The guy you meet one night will be the friend you ski with the next day. Most importantly, have fun. That’s the reason we do this.

Elevation, one of the largest gay ski weeks in North America, continues to bring together more than 2500 riders from across the world. Elevation has something for everyone, from small bar events to large dance parties. The annual ski week celebrates diversity, fun, and the best spring skiing and boarding anywhere.

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Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2016

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!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival (Rainbow Films) – The !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival was founded in 2001 and every February and March, it hosts some 70,000 film buffs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world.  Turkey – Istanbul – Feb 18-28, Ankara – Mar 3-6, Izmir – Mar 3-6, 2016

Istanbul International Independent Film Festival

Istanbul International Independent Film Festival

Dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary film, !f believes that the shared experience of cinema is a form of activism that has the power to connect people across borders and boundaries of all description. The festival is curated and based on thematic sections, some of which change every year to reflect issues that are gripping the world’s – and filmmakers’- imagination. Through !f ², a ground-breaking alternative film distribution and sharing project, !f shares the festival spirit with more than 30 cities in Turkey and neighbouring countries.

In 2008, !f launched an international film competition – !f Inspired- designed to showcase emerging directors who are taking film in new directions. The competition carries a $15,000 prize for the Most Inspired Director. Love & Change, launched in 2014 is an international platform hosting not only films but also filmmakers who look at the world through critical eyes and with soft hearts, believe that another world is possible, and who prove to us, through their work, that cinematic interventions can make a change. Competition contributes to dream of another world with an award of $10,000

!f ² : Istanbul Live; A pioneering film distribution project that connects cities and countries!
!f ² is a ground – breaking alternative film distribution and sharing project which was the first of its kind in the world. Each year, !f ² takes 5 festival films, selected from the !f Istanbul line-up to numerous cities in Turkey and the greater region that have limited access to alternative films. Our partner Mediatriple provides the technical substructure that allows for high quality public viewing in these locations. This year, more than 30 partners from around Turkey as well as in Kyrenia, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Abu Dis, Gyumri and Yerevan will screen five festival films simultaneously as Istanbul in their respective cities on the last three days of !f Istanbul.

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Pride Western Australia

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Pride WA Fairday  – Stalls and community entertainment, including the much-loved dog show. Feb 7, 2016

The award-winning FAIRDAY returns to Hyde Park as a part of FRINGEWORLD in 2016.

Staged again in the picturesque Hyde Park, right in the heart of the City of Vincent, FAIRDAY will again be our community’s favourite day of the year.

Featuring live entertainment, heaps of great stalls, delicious food options, a play area for the kiddies and our much loved dog show, FAIRDAY will be an event you just won’t want to end.

Bring your own picnic lunch, or pre-order a gourmet hamper.  Alcohol will not be on sale, but you can BYO if you drink responsibly.

Pride Western Australia

Pride FAIRDAY is again set to be a highlight of the upcoming FRINGE WORLD festival, with more than 4,000 patrons expected to make the event one of the festival’s best attended.

FAIRDAY was a joint winner of the award for best community event at the 2014 FRINGE WORLD festival.

For more than 20 years, Pride FAIRDAY has been one of Western Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer community’s favourite days of the year.  The event features live performances, pop-up entertainment and loads of arts, culture and community stalls, set in the beautiful Hyde Park environment.

Pride WA President Andrew Barker said a feature of this year’s event would be a renewed focus on the quality of entertainment.

“FAIRDAY will feature something for everybody and there will never be a dull moment,” he said.

“This year, we are focusing on putting a little more ‘camp’ into the entertainment, as well as having less talk and more music on stage.

While yet to be fully finalised, this year’s FAIRDAY line-up includes Yully, Nat Ripepi, Brass Monkey, Voodoo Lounge, Cougar Morrison, the Perth Drag Queens, the Connections Queens and DJ Roski.

FAIRDAY will again feature the popular dog show, but this year’s event will have fewer categories, and will be a shorter, sharper segment.

Pride Senior Vice President Michelle Rogers said the event would be an event for people of all ages and backgrounds.

“One of the things people love about FAIRDAY is that it is an inclusive event, where everybody feels comfortable,” she said.

“A key part of this is being a family friendly event.  This year, we will have a giant treasure chest with activities for kids inside, with a highlight being face painting with the fairies.

“We are also changing the layout this year, to better integrate stalls with the rest of the event, so that everyone can enjoy the entertainment and atmosphere.

Pride FAIRDAY will be staged on Sunday 7th February in Hyde Park from 11am to 6pm.  Entry is $5 general admission and free for Pride WA members and children under 16.  Patrons may join Pride WA at the gate on the day and receive free entry.  Annual membership costs $20 for concession card holders and $30 for everybody else.

For more information, visit the FAIRDAY event page here.

Pride FAIRDAY is proudly sponsored by the City of Vincent.

Pride Western Australia

Pride Western Australia Incorporated (Pride WA) is Western Australia’s largest community group, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community.

Originally incorporated in 1993 as Lesbian & Gay Pride (WA) Incorporated, Pride WA has its roots in the 1989 march on Parliament, during the contentious debate about the decriminalisation of sex between consenting men in WA.

Since then, Pride WA has grown to stage our community’s largest and favourite events and played an important role in campaigning for gay and lesbian law reform, which saw all State-based discriminatory laws abolished in 2002.

Pride WA has a rich history and we will be publishing a history section on our website soon.

We are run by a volunteer Committee, and we will also soon be publishing a Committee page, so you can get to know the team.

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Rainbows Winter FestivalAn international four day gay event which offers guests everything from exotic sight seeing trips, northern lights hunt and late night parties. Attracts people from all around the world. Reykjavik, Iceland; Feb 11-14, 2016



Rainbow Reykjavik combines amazing nature, nightlife and northern lights in fantastic international and local company. We offer waterfalls, erupting geysers, tectonic plates, the most popular LGBT party of the season, comedy, singing, exciting activities, world class cuisine and geothermal baths all neatly arranged over 3 glorious days. This small pride festival really is the perfect winter getaway and a great introduction to Iceland.

This 5th annual international LGBT winter pride festival takes place from February 11th  until the 14th – with extension packages offered both before (9-10 February) and after (14-15 February) the festival. We’ve welcomed guests from countries all over the world, including the USA, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

If Iceland is on your bucket list (which it probably is) the Rainbow Reykjavik Programme will have you  walking along the Continental Divide between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America.  Seeing geysirs, waterfalls and nature of unparalleled beauty.  Relaxing in the turquoise geothermal waters of the world-famous Blue Lagoon and dining in world-class restaurants, sitting in cosy cafes and partying until the wee hours of the morning with LGBT people from all over the world, in the charming and very cosmopolitan city of Reykjavik?


Hera BjörkOne of our favourite diva’s of all time, Eurovision Song Contest veteran Hera Björk got in touch with us the other day to say she is working on a brand new stage show called The Queen of Effing Everything. The event will showcase her biggest strenghts, comedy and singing. The world premiere of her new show, which is in English, will take place on the first night of Rainbow Reykjavik, straight after the Welcome Dinner and before the Welcome Party.

Rainbow Reykjavik strives to be a great Winter Pride festival for the LGBTQI family and puts emphasis on celebrating Icelandic culture nature & nightlife!

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