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International Directory of Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festivals

Seasons of Pride is pleased to offer this LGBT Film Festival directory as a resource to help make connections between audiences, film/video makers, and festival programmers.

 LGBT Film Festival Calendar

Jan – MarApr – Jun | Jul – Sept | Oct – Dec

Feel free to email updates, corrections or add festival dates


  • Cinema Diverse! Palm springs LGBTQ Film Festival – dedicated to presenting the best in LGBT Cinema.
  • Frameline San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival – Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of 63,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline also presents year-round exhibitions, including Frameline Encore, a free film series highlighting diverse, socially relevant works. Year-round programs also include members-only sneak previews and special events, as well as special screenings and events featuring directors, actors and other queer media icons.
  • Fresno Reel Pride: An Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Every year, it is our goal to bring a wide array of LGBTQ cinema and entertainment home to the Central Valley.
  • OUTFEST: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBT equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos.
  • OUTrageous:The Santa Barbara Lesbian & Gay Film Festival – OUTrageous provides a diverse selection of films that entertain, challenge, and educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered communities. OUTrageous also provides filmmakers with opportunities to screen their work that might not otherwise be seen locally.
  • SF Transgender Film Festival – The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival was founded in 1997 as North America’s first transgender film festival. We exhibit groundbreaking, provocative, outrageous, courageous, moving and innovative works that show the complexity of lives lived on the transgender spectrum.



Florida — Miami Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

1521 Alton Road #147, Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA

305-534-9924/fax: 305-535-2377

Carol Coombes, Program Director,

Florida — Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

P.O. Box 18445, Tampa, FL 33679-8445 USA

813.879.4220/ Fax: 813-870-1499

Keven Renken, Programming Director

France — Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival/Forum des images Paris

FFGLP/ Festival, 8 rue du Repos 75020 Paris FRANCE

Tel/fax: + 33 1 43 56 53 66

Florence Fradelizi, David Dibilio

France — VUES D’EN FACE Festival International du Film Gay et Lesbian de Grenoble

Festival International du Film, Gay et Lesbien de Grenoble, 8, rue Sergent Bobillot, BP 408, 38015 GRENOBLE CEDEX 1 FRANCE

+33 (0)4 76 17 00 21

Stephane Moulin, Festival Director

Georgia — Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Film Festival — Out on Film

75 Bennett St., NW Suite N-1, Atlanta, GA 30309 USA

404-352-4225/Fax: 404-352-0173

Paul Marchant – Festival Director

Germany — Verzaubert: International Queer Film Festival in Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne

Rudi Furstberger, Rosebud Entertainment, Verzaubert Film Festival, Fregestr. 36, 12161 Berlin GERMANY

49 30 861 4532/Fax: 49 30 861 4539

Rudi Furstberger, Director of Programming,

Germany — Berlin Lesbian Film Festival

Lesben Film Festival Berlin, Koburger Strasse 14, 10825 Berlin GERMANY

++49-30-787 181 08/ Fax: ++49-30-787 181 06

Mara Boguslawski, Director

Germany — FEMINALE International Women’s Bi Annual Film Festival in Cologne

Feminale e.V., Maybachstr. 111, D-50670 Cologne GERMANY

+49 0221 130 02 25/fax: +49 0221 130 02 81

Carla Despineux, Programmer

Germany — Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival/Lesbisch-Schwule Filmtage Hamburg

Querbild e.V. Schanzenstr. 45 D – 20357 Hamburg Germany

49 (0)40- 3 48 06 70/Fax: 49 (0)40 34 05 22

Joachim Post, Gesine Claus

Germany — Queer Film Festival Bremen

queerfilm gruppe c/o Kino 46, Waller Heerstrabe 46, 28217 Bremen GERMANY

+49 421 38767 31/Fax: +49 421 38767 34

Olaf Heudecker,

Germany — Rollen Wechsel in Oldenburg

Rollen Wechsel, c/o Na Und e.V., Ziegelhofstr. 83, D-26121 Oldenburg GERMANY

+49 441 7775923/fax: +49 441 76478

Chris Reiffert

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Germany — TEDDY AWARD at the International Film Festival in Berlin

For PANORAMA OFFICE: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany;

For TEDDY OFFICE: TEDDY Foundation/Forderverein TEDDY e.V., Klaus Mabel Aschenneller, Katzlerstrasse 3, 10829 Berlin, Germany

PANORAMA OFFICE: 49 30 259 20 400;

TEDDY OFFICE: 49 30 215 74 30/Fax: 49 30 217 26 92/Mobile: 49 172 396 06 22

Manuela Kay, Coord/TEDDY Jury (manuela@siegessaeule); Wieland Speck & Margaret von Schiller, Dir/Co-Dir. Panorama (; Christian Peters, Head/ TEDDY Fnd. (; ATTEND as ORGANIZER/PROGRAMMER Contact: Manuela Kay

Germany — lesbisch-schwule Filmtage Karlsruhe

c/o Kinemathek Karlsruhe e.V. Adlerstr. 28,D – 76133 Karlsruhe, GERMANY

0721 937 4714/Fax: 0721 937 4715

Thomas Weimer

Hawaii — Honolulu “RAINBOW” Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

1877 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815 USA

808-941-0424 ext. 18/fax: 808-943-1724

Jon Bryant, Executive Director; Connie M. Florez, Director of Programming

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Hong Kong — Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Society 14th floor, 10 Knutsford Terrace Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

852 2582 0200/fax: +852 2311 8023

Denise Tang, Karl Uhrich

Hungary — Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Budapest

5 Bezeredi street, Budapest, Hungary 1087

Phone: 36 1 323 1125 Fax: 36 1 333 25 85

Istvan Ferenczi, Festival Coordinator

Illinois — Chicago Annual Underground Film Festival

Entry Coordinator, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 3109 North Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 USA

773-327-3456/Fax: 773-327-3464

Bryan Wendorf

Illinois — School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Queer Film and Video Festival


Kit Hung, Director of Programming

India — Bombay Sexual and Gender Minority Film & Video Festival

Humjinsi, C/O India Centre for Human Rights and Law, CVOD Jain High School, 4th Floor, 84 Samuel Street (Hazrat Abbas St.) Dongri, Bombay-9 INDIA

+91-22-2371 6690/ Fax: +91-22-2379 1099

Tejal Shah

Indiana – PRIDE: In Several Short Cinematic Acts

Sara Beanblossom, Co-Director

IndyOutties, Kansas City’s Friendly Film Festival

Kansas City, MO

Lisa Marie Evans, Festival Director

Ireland — Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

DLGFF, c/o Nexus, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland

+353 1 4158414/Fax: +353 1 4730597

Brian Sheehan, Director. Deborah Ballard and Paul Connell, Programmers.

Ireland — Murphy’s Cork Film Festival — Lesbian & Gay Section

10 Washington Street, Cork IRELAND

+353 21 427 1711/fax: +353 21 427 5945

Sue Wainwright, Jim Lowther

Israel — Jerusalem Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Jerusalem Cinematheque, Wolfson Garden, Hebron Road, Jerusalem, ISRAEL

972 2 67 24 131

Gali Gold, Vivian Ostrovsky

Italy – Gender Bender in Bologna

c/o Il cassero, via Don Minzoni 18, 40121 Bologna – Italy

Daniele Del Pozzo: Art Director

Italy — Annual Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

TGLFF, Piazza San Carlo 161, 10123, Torino ITALY

0039 011 534888/ Fax: 0039 011 535796

Cosimo Santoro, Director of Programming

Italy — Milano Festival Internazionale di Cinema Gaylesbico

Programming Committee – Attn. G. Marzi c/o MBE 209, VIA DEL TORCHIO 12 – 20123 Milano ITALY

39 023 319 118/fax: 39 0272 002 942

Giampaolo Marzi, Claudia Mauti: Festival Programmers,

Japan –Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival

Programming Committee, TLGFF, #601, 5-24-16 Nakano, Nakano-ku Tokyo 164-0001 Japan

+81-3-5380-5760/ Fax: +81-3-5380-5767

Miyazaki Hideki, Director; Yukashi Oki, Head Programmer

Louisiana — Reel Identities: The New Orleans Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival

Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles, New Orleans


Vincent Macaluso

Massachusetts — Boston Gay/Lesbian and Trangender Film Festival

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115-5523, USA

617-369-3305/fax: 617-437-0293

Bo Smith

Massachusetts — Provincetown International Film Festival

Filmmakers/Distributors send inquiries to: 170 Commercial Street Suite 161, Provincetown, MA 02657/ Corporate Sponsors: 265 Riverside Drive suite 10G, New York, NY 10025

General Information: 508-487-FILM/ Corporate Sponsors: 212-662-6804

PJ Layng, Executive Director; Gabrielle Hanna, Director, Sponsor Development

Michigan — The Annual Kalamazoo Coming Out Proud Film Festival

Coming Out Proud Film Festival, The Resource Center, 629 Pioneer St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009

269-349-4234/Fax: 269-349-7490

Sharon Roepke or Bev Edwards

Minnesota — Flaming Film Festival in Minneapolis

c/o Intermedia Arts, 28822 Lyndale Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55408

612.871.4444/Fax: 612.871.6927

Lisa Gasner, Director; Allison Herrerra, Programmer,

Missouri — Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

4330 Holly, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 USA

Festival Office: (816) 960-4636

Jamie Rich, Managing Director

Nederlands — Nederlands Transgender Filmfestival (NTGF)

c/o T-Image Foundation, P.O. Box 15650, 1001 ND, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

31 20 636 3727/ Fax: 31 20 636 3730

Kam Wai Kui, Festival Director

New York – Lesbian Film Festival

New York — Annual Hamptons International Film Festival

HIFF, 59 Franklin St. Suite 208, New York, NY 10013

212.431.6292/ Fax: 212.431.5440

Note: HIFF is a queer-forward festival.

New York — Annual Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

P.O. Box 1477, Melville, NY 11747

516-694-2407/fax: 631-547-6651

Stephen J. Flynn, Festival Director; Peter Daly, Programmer; Julia Maresca, Programmer,

New York — Coney Island Short Film Festival

Rob Leddy,, Bowling Green Station, PO Box 228, New York, NY 10274-0228

212-696-6689/Fax: NA

Rob Leddy, Festival Director (NOTE: Fest accepts LGBT submissions)

New York — Fire Island Film Video Festival

P.O. Box 1477, Melville, NY 11747

516-694-2407/fax: 631-547-6651

Stephen J. Flynn, Festival Director; Peter Daly, Programmer; Julia Maresca, Programmer;,

New York — MIX: The New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film and Video Festival

29 John Street, PMB #132, New York, NY 10038-4005 USA


Kara Williamson, Lawrence Shea, Stephen Winters: Directors

New York — New Fest New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The New Festival, Inc., ATTN: Submissions, 139 Fulton St, Ste Ph-3, New York, NY 10038 USA

212.571.2170/ Fax: 212.571.2179

Basil Tsiokos, Director

New York — Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival/ImageOut

Image Out, 274 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607 USA

585-271-2640/fax: 585-271-3798

October 7-16, 2005

Michael Gamilla, Co-Chair: Programming,

New Zealand — New Zealand Out Takes Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Reel Queer Inc., P.O. Box 27 070, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

644.972.6775/fax: 644.801.9906

2005 Dates: Auckland: May 26 – Jun 6, Wellington: 2 – 12 Jun, Dunedin: 17 -19 Jun, Christchurch: 8 – 12 Jun

Simon Fulton, Festival Programmer

New Zealand — Triangle Television LGB International Film & Video Festival in Auckland

P.O. Box 78-034, Grey Lynn, Auckland NEW ZEALAND

+64 9 376 5030

Hans Versluys, Director of Programming,

North Carolina — Center for Gay & Lesbian Film Series

The Lesbian & Gay Community Center, PO Box 33535, Charlotte, NC 28233 USA

704-333-0144/Fax: 704-714-2114

Dan Kirsch, Executive Director

North Carolina — North Carolina Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc., 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701 USA

919-560-3040 ext. 232/fax: 919-560-3065

Jim Carl, Director of Programming NOTE: Attendance is 10,000 and growing! AWARDS are given in FOUR AREAS: Best Docmentary, Best Feature, Best Women’s Short and Best Men’s Short. DOWNLOAD the Submission Form at the website listed below.

Norway — Skeive filmer Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Box 6838 St. Olavs Plass. N-0130 Oslo NORWAY

+47 98 28 00 66/Fax: +47 22 17 29 13

Tron Hirsti, Festival Leader

Ohio — Columbus International Film & Video Festival, AKA “The Chris Awards”

The Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 5701 N. High St., Suite 204, Worthington, Ohio 43085

614-841-1666/Fax: Same

Judy Chalker , Executive Director

Ohio — Out in Akron Queer Shorts Film Festival

P.O. Box 22254; Akron, Ohio 44303


Sandy Bowers, Program Coordinator

Oregon — Annual University of Oregon Queer Film Festival

UO Queer Film Festival & Queer Film Symposium, EMU, 1228 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1228

541-346-0007/Fax: 541-346-4400

Douglas Hopper, Festival Coordinator


Portland Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Film Festival

Sensory Perceptions, Programming Director,

818 SW 3rd., #1224, Portland, OR 97204 USA

503-345-9393 ext. 2/fax: 503-345-9393

John Campos, Executive Director

Pennsylvania — Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival



Laura Annibalini, Programming Director

Pennsylvania — Annual Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg, Inc., 1300A North Third St, Harrisburg, PA 17102


Charlie Smith, President


One In Ten c/o Trevor Brown,

152 Davey Lab, Box 196, University Park, PA 16802

Trevor Brown, Festival Committee Chairman

Pennsylvania — Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

234 Market Street, Fifth Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

215-733-0608/fax: 215-733-0637

Ray Murray, Executive Director; Thom Cardwell, Managing Director,

Portugal — Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Beco Dos Contrabandistas, No 29 – 2o Direito 1350-083 Lisboa PORTUGAL

00 351 21 395 54 47 Phone/Fax

Celso Junior

Rhode Island — Providence Rhode Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840 USA

401-861-4445 / 401-847-7590 fax, attn. RIIFF

George T. Marshall, Executive Director,,

Slovenia – Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

386 1 430 35 30/fax: 386 1 232 91 85

South Africa — Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

PO Box 15707, Vlaeberg 8018, Cape Town, South Africa

Tel & Fax: +27 21 422 2486

Sharon Jackson FESTIVAL LOCATIONS: Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban

Spain — LESGAICINEMAD: The Madrid Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Fundacion Triangulo, LESGAICINEMAD, Calle Eloy Gonzalo 25. 1º, 28010 – Madrid SPAIN

  • 34 91 593 05 40/ Fax: Same

Gerardo Jose Perez Melia, Festival Director

Spain — Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Exhibition

Carrer Verdaguer i Callis, 10. 08003 Barcelona, SPAIN

+34 (93) 319 55 50/fax: +34 (93) 310 30 35

Jaume Gil, Executive Director & Programmer

Spain — Barcelona International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

BIGLFF, Col.legi de Directors de Cinema de Catalunya, Pg. de Colom # 6, 08002 Barcelona SPAIN

+34 (93) 441 88 08/fax: +34 932 681 932

Xavier-Daniel, Festival Director

Spain — HEATGAY International Gay Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona

Travessera de Gracia, 96, 40 1A – 08006 Barcelona SPAIN

+34 932 38 68 68 / Fax +34 932 38 68 68

Spain — International Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona

Travessera de Gracia, 96, 40 1A – 08006 Barcelona SPAIN

+34 932 38 68 68 / Fax +34 932 38 68 68

Sweden — KOMBAT Stockholm Queer & Feminist Film Festival

The KOMBAT Festival, Att: Neant-Falk, Dahl, Kugelberg, Bergsunds Strand 31, 117 38 Stockholm SWEDEN

phone/fax: +46-8-720 23 03

Cecilia Neant-Falk & Joakim Rinda: Festival Directors; Ulrika Dahl & Jorun Kugelberg: Film Coordinators

Switzerland — PINK APPLE Annual Swiss Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Schwullesbisches Filmfestival in Zurich and Frauenfeld

Pink Apple, Box 729, CH-8501 Frauenfeld SWITZERLAND

fax: 41-52-7204633

Doris Senn, Thomas Muller

Switzerland — Queersicht Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Bern

Postfach 367, Postfach 367, CH-3000 Bern 11 SWITZERLAND

41 31 311 41 48/fax same

Presidents: Maddalena Tognola and Sam Linder

Switzerland — Zurich Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

c/o Kino Xenix, Kanzleistrasse 56, Postfach 664, CH-8026 Zurich

41 1 241 00 58/fax: 41 1 242 18 49

Beat Kaslin

Texas — Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

1216 East 51st Street, Austin, TX 78723 USA

512-302-9889/ fax: 512-302-1088

Scott Dinger, Artistic Director

Texas — 7th Annual Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

HGLFF, 803 Hawthorne, Houston, TX 77006

(713) 569-4924/fax: (713) 225-2205

Margaret Zigman, Executive Committee President; D.L. Murphy, Festival Administrator

Texas — OUT TAKES Dallas – The Annual Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

3818 Cedar Springs Rd., #101-405, Dallas, TX 75219 USA

214-676-7751/fax: 214-520-0227

Glen Carlson & Allison Graham, Film Review Coordinators

Texas — OUTer Gay and Lesbian Sci Fi / Fantasy Film Festival

OUTer Film Festival, 2300 Village Way Dr., Austin, TX 78745


November 4, 2004

Tim Caswell, Director

Texas — Q Cinema: Fort Worth’s Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

215 W. Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102 USA

817-462-3368/fax: 817-390-7691 attn. Todd Camp

Shawn Moore; Todd Camp, Artistic Director

Thailand — Bangkok Pride Gay and Lesbian International Film and Video Festival 2545

44 Moo 10 Bang Na-Trat KM 4.5, Bang Na district, Bangkok 10260 Thailand

Tel 66-2-325-5555, 66-2-317-0420 and 66-2-316-5900 ; Fax 66-2-317-2071

Michael Shaowanasai, Festival Director

Washington — Annual Olympia Film Festival

416 Washington Street SE, #208, Olympia WA 98501

360-754-6670/Fax: 360-943-9100

Washington — Spokane Annual GLBT Film Festival

Spokane Film Festival, P.O. Box 2931, Spokane, WA 99220-2931 USA


Barb Lee

Washington, DC — Reel Affirmations: International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

c/o One In Ten, P.O. Box 73587, Washington, DC 20056 USA

202-986-1119/fax: 202-939-0981

Sarah Kellogg – Festival Director; Joe Bilancio – Program Director; Carlos Arias – Executive Director/Sponsorships,,

Wisconsin — Milwaukee Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival

Film Department / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mitchell Hall B69, 3203 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

(414) 229 4758

Carl Bogner, Director

US LGBTQ Film Festivals

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Red State Freedom Tour

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Red State Freedom TourSan Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus responds to the election results by announcing a tour to support the LGBTQ community in RED states.

Like many of you, the 300+ members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus family – singers, staff and volunteers – have, along with the entire LGBTQ community, spent the last few days navigating our collective way through feelings of shock and despair. Rather than succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, we’ve asked, “what can we do to make a difference?”

In response to the recent presidential election and the voices of the so-called “silent majority,” SFGMC will pursue a “Red State Freedom Tour” in the summer of 2018.

While the exact itinerary has not been determined, it is our plan to go on a whistle-stop tour through those states where the LGBTQ community is struggling, and likely feeling even further marginalized after the election results. We hope our presence and our music will encourage our brothers and sisters, educate others and challenge those communities to think differently.

The tour will cap off our monumental 40th Season and commemorate how SFGMC launched the global LGBTQ choral movement in 1978. We can think of no better way to use our time, talent, resources and energy than to take our message through music to those who need it most. We, as a country, have a long road to travel, and we believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion, and empathy.


To launch this 2018 Outreach tour, we’re sharing with you a live video, featuring “Light” from Next to Normal.
You’ve heard us perform this song many times over the last few years, and we hope it will bring you some solace in this turbulent week. “Light” is a song that has brought us comfort in dark times. It is our hope it will do that again, for you.

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Supporting LGBTQI Youth

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Supporting LGBTQI YouthLast year, the number of LGBTQI youth celebrating Thanksgiving at Sylvia’s Place doubled to nearly 60. Youth who have stayed at Sylvia’s Place in the past are welcomed back with open arms and current residents get to share in the love of a Sylvia’s Place holiday celebration for the very first time.
Our Thanksgiving probably sounds a lot like yours. The cooking starts on Monday and doesn’t end until the last pie comes out of the oven on Thanksgiving afternoon. When youth arrive, they write down what they’re thankful for and post it on our blessings board. Youth and staff eat, laugh, and catch up with one another. And, in the last two years–thanks to the generous donation of a Nintendo Wii–everyone plays Just Dance after the meal in order to work off a little bit of the food!!
These Thanksgiving traditions are a way to provide stability and love to LGBTQI youth who don’t have supportive families to go home to. It’s a blessing for us to be able to extend that same love 365 days a year, as we have for the past 14 years. This Thanksgiving, consider making a gift to support our holiday celebration and the daily work of MCCNY Charities to make sure that none of our youth feels alone or unwanted. When you do, we’ll add your first name to our blessings board on Thanksgiving Day, so that we can hold you in our hearts as we give thanks.

Thank you for your generosity and happy holidays from everyone at MCCNY Charities!

Homeless Youth Services

MCCNY Homeless Youth Services: Sylvia’s Place is the starting point for New York City’s LGBTQI youth in crisis. Integrating case management with mental health services while stressing the unique strengths and potential of each youth, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services has developed a proven method for serving LGBTQI youth in crisis. This method has been modeled by service providers across the country and around the world.

MCCNY Homeless Youth Services is committed to turning the short time (up to 90 days) that youth spend as residents into a time of growth, safety and opportunity. MCCNY Homeless Youth
Services provides:

• Emergency overnight services
• Connections to long-term housing
• Case management
• Advocacy groups
• Showers
• Hot meals

Youth who come to MCCNY Homeless Youth Services often arrive in the city with dreams of Chelsea, but find the immediate help they need in Hell’s Kitchen. Many of these youth have histories of abuse, and most have experienced discrimination or violence at mainstream shelters. MCCNY Homeless Youth Services is one of the only shelters in the city that accepts youth directly off the street, without a referral. MCCNY Homeless Youth Services prioritizes the most underserved LGBTQI youth, including transgender and intersex youth, youth experiencing trauma, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information about MCCNY Homeless Youth Services or to refer an LGBTQI youth in crisis, contact Christopher Collazo, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services Prevention Associate.

Supporting LGBTQI Youth

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Trans Awareness Week

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SF’s LGBT Center offers a host of workshops and programs supporting Trans Awareness Week

Trans Awareness Week
Join us for Trans Awareness Week (November 14-20) when individuals and organizations across the country will participate to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) people, and address the issues these communities face. If you can’t make the events, follow us on social media using #transwk and #TDoR @TEEISF. Please post and share how you are taking action next week and beyond. Share your support by getting a I Lv Trans People T-shirt!

Also, join us at Out at Work this Monday with PG&E and Wednesday at Twitter for a talk with Susan Stryker. The final day of Trans Awareness Week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-trans violence.

This year we are changing the event up with a dynamic TPOC lead panel about ending the violence against trans people. Instead of reading of the names, we will be sharing a moving film tribute. The event will be live streaming and if you want to be in community please join us Trans: Thrive at 3pm. (Details below!)

Finally, if your missed CeCe McDonald and Joshua Allen at the Black Excellence Tour check out the full video

The mission of the SF LGBT Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. When visitors arrive at the Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. The Center is truly the heart, home and hands of the San Francisco LGBT community.

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Tell us your stories #PrideStories

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When we started this project in 2007, we felt the need to highlight resources for the LGBTQ community.  We wanted to showcase businesses that supported the community, tell stories of folks who were making an impact and feature organizations that were on the ground every day providing much need resources and support were visible and accessible.  Our goal was to empower our community through jobs, resources, and support.

Probably more than anything, our readers enjoy our event postings.  We celebrate Pride in all forms from film festivals to kink events to business networking and we try to offer a wide geographical spectrum.  Sure big stuff is there like Frameline, IML and NGLCC – but we also strive to include smaller, lesser know events to offer visibility and reach into communities with fewer opportunities to connect to their queer counterparts.

OK, here is comes – you knew there would be an ask, there’s always an ask.  What exactly do we want in return? You!

Send us your events, tell us about great businesses, share safe spaces and folks who are making an impact every day in LGBTQ lives. Tell us your stories #PrideStories. Become a volunteer editor.  Tell your friends about us.  Sign up for the newsletter.  Connect with us on social media.

Now, more than ever – we need to love and support one another.

Tell us your stories #PrideStories

Tell us your stories #PrideStories

To kick things off, we wanted to share with you a resource we received last week….


Cerebral Palsy and LGBT

Cerebral Palsy and LGBT

My team and I are raising awareness for bullying as well as LGBT History. You can find out more at

As you may know, children with disabilities are sometimes more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers. This includes children that are also part of the LGBT community. Obviously, this is not a good thing.

Having cerebral palsy, I understand how critical it is for parents of a child with CP to have access to reliable information, especially when it comes to delicate topics like these. Equally as important, I represent because I believe in their mission of providing quality cerebral palsy information and assistance to families in need.

I certainly admire your website. With the passing of National Bullying Prevention and upcoming LGBT Pride Month, it would be an honor to see our this information highlighted and linked to from your website at If there’s room for a link to, please let me know.

Anything you can do to help spread awareness and further education would go a long way.

Thanks again for your time in advance, and I look forward to hearing back.



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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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Acceptable Behavior

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Many suggest that events like Folsom Street hurt the “gay movement.”  If advancing the gay movement is about adhering to the ideals of others, then count me out.  Here is a old blog post from following Dore Alley that you might enjoy.  Remember, live life on your own terms!

Acceptable Behavior

Acceptable Behavior Folsom Street

This past weekend was Dore Alley. For those of you out of the area, Dore Alley is an annual leather street festival that features mild to wild, with everything in between. My business partner recently broke her ankle and attended the event in a wheelchair – which you may be interested in knowing is about at cock level – “You might want to put some sunscreen on that . . . .”

The next day, I was driving to work listening to the radio and the local gay radio jocks were bitchin’ about Dore Alley. “It’s stuff like that that sets back the gay movement. Don’t they know that the media loves that kind of stuff, which hurts our chances with gay marriage . . .” According to these two (who will remain nameless), we are supposed to be respectable and passable.


Ok, so I nearly drove off the road yelling at my radio (which is not as productive as you would think). These are the types of gay men who scare me. The whole idea of acceptance is accepting oneself for who you truly are and not being defined by the media or political agendas or simply by others. It’s about living life on your own terms.

And to borrow heavily from the Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote – Well-behaved gays seldom make history. Those that could fit in have always retreated to the safety of their closets.Let us not forget – Stonewall was a bunch of pissed off drag queens.

So, you are going to tell me what is acceptable gay behavior? Oh No Miss Thing – You did not go there!! Once you start to define “the norms” by which I am supposed to live – you’ve started down a very slippery slope. I don’t what to be acceptable; I don’t need to “pass” as straight and I surely don’t need you to tell how to act.

Am I threatening our chances for gay marriage? Well – if I am, then I don’t want it on those terms. “If you promise not to act gay . . .” Marriage is a right afforded to most couples in our country and I as a citizen deserve that basic right. I am not a second class citizen, and no “straight” couple has to adhere to guidelines on what is acceptable “straight” behavior.

So, I will continue to be different. I may be the 7 foot tall drag queen in stiletto heels and I will get media coverage – because I am fabulous and I am interesting. Why don’t “average” folks get the media spotlight – Well, because you’re not interesting, you are average. So, we are officially putting the gay community on notice – We will not be clones. We will wear leather – We will be a bears – We will wear drag – We will be Dykes on Bikes – We will be tranny kids – but we will not try to pass just to fit in.

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Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

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Recently, we sat down with Brody Polinsky in Berlin.  We talked about his journey as a queer, clean & sober tattoo artist.

Originally post on Bear Riker’s Berlin

Why did you feel the need for a queer safe space?

I have tattooed in a lot of other dynamics and spaces, even gay, yet never been totally comfortable in my own skin. Most were conventional tattoo studios, which can be hyper masculine and party environments. The personal dynamics between everyone in a studio sets the tone for the day and the outcome of the tattoo, in my opinion. It’s hard to leave your shit at the door and it really affects everyone around you.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Thus the clean and sober tag line?

Yep, I’ve been sober for 13 years, but only working my program the last 4 years, which makes all the difference. It is a super important part of who I am – tattooer, queer, skateboarder, traveler, motorbiker, cyclist, vegetarian, musician, blah blah blah.

Brody Polinsky Queer Clean & Sober

And the queer part?

Most of the gay identified tattooers I know aren’t blatantly out publicly, just by word of mouth. I can understand that apprehension, but for me being visible is important. Realizing that I was still insecure after 13 years being out was humbling, in many other cultures it’s just not possible. Even if you work in cities like San Francisco or Berlin it can negatively impact your career. I started to publish more about my life transparently last summer, it was tricky and have had some disappointing backlash. I felt that if I could reach out to one other human who could identify, that would be worth whatever happened.

Instagram is the current platform that tattooers use to publish their works, so I posted several video clips of me skating. I wrote my insecurities and sincere intentions to challenge others’ boundaries and my own. Initially I felt like I wanted to throw up, and for me that usually means I’ve made the right choice. I have lost a fair amount of public momentum, with some surprising support from other tattooers.

Berlin Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

I realized that so many other folks can not be out in their chosen working environments which really blew my mind. So, I decided to build a queer tattoo  Instagram, with satellite friends helping curate from thier perspectives. It’s a safe online space for queer clients to see where they can get tattooed called @queertattooers /

Tell us about UNIV ERSE

UNIV ERSE is my heart, representing my life, of which was built from scraps essentially. Physically, it was formerly a bubble gum pink spätkauf that we gutted, then arduously brought back to life. As we continue to evolve here and I go forward personally, UNIV ERSE produces more ongoing projects. It is where I feel the most grounded, motivated and grateful.

However you identify and why is up to you, come as you are, everyone is welcome. The normative box we are supposed to fit into keeps most queer folks out of tattoo studios. Unfortunately the most common vibe walking into popular tattoo studio is exclusivity not inclusivity, this is the antithesis of UNIV ERSE.

We often invite close friends for guest spots to keep up the critical new energy exchange. I intend to connect my cultures by drawing a line between them to manifest a radical community.

Trial and error has taught me that my energy works best in a private space where the creative process is more fluid. No one gets the same pattern twice, I often draw in that moment, I know where they want to get tattooed and my partner handles the admin side to keep my head together. Clients arrive, we drink tea, listen to good music, eat something, then we are ready. Each human’s form is sacred.

The ritual of tattooing for me is an intimate exchange  between the client and the tattooer. They put their trust in you, exposing their body to you, a raw human canvas. They’ve come seeking something to permanently change, consciously or subconsciously, it’s an honor for me every time.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

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