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Best Gay Community Conferences to Attend in 2019

Gay community conferences mean so much more than just spending time with those members of the community. It is also much more than just discussing porn, or which are the best lesbian videos to watch.  Attending such events gives you the chance to experience being with like-minded individuals with a common goal. That goal usually involves improving the quality of life of the LGBTQ community, in whatever aspect the event is focused on.  

These are just some of the best gay community conferences you can attend in 2019. You can choose one that focuses on topics you are already passionate about, or you can also surprise yourself by attending one that you are still a bit unfamiliar with but want to explore further.

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Out & Equal 2019 Workplace Summit

This summit to be held in Washington, DC on October 14-17, 2019 is organized by Out & Equal – the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to pursuing workplace equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers. The event offers a host of educational opportunities with more than 90 activities, including inspirational talks from celebrated LGBTQ leaders, panel discussions, workshops, special networking mixers, community advisory roundtables, and receptions. This is where employees get to mingle with other professionals in the Employee Resources, HR and Diversity fields to discuss best practices to create inclusive workplaces.

New York Coming Out

This international transgender conference will be held in New York City on October 30-November 3, 2019. This event welcomes everyone in the transgender community to bring their friends, loved ones, and families to socialize with and learn from supportive professionals in the community. Aside from inspirational talks and workshops, featured activities include a gala dinner and a karaoke night. There’s even a Halloween party where you can let your hair down and enjoy in a private, secure environment within the community.  

Fantasia Fair

This week-long transgender festival will take place in Provincetown, Rhode Island on October 20-27, 2019. It is the world’s longest-running transgender event, with the first fair held in 1975. This fully-immersive event is filled with educational, inspirational, and genuinely entertaining activities which encourage socialization by whatever gender you wish to present. Meals and events are spread out in multiple locations and you have a multitude of accommodations to choose from. Activities range from the formal to the more informal setup, including those for inspirational talks and workshops that offer support for relationships. Let your hair down quite literally if you prefer to, as you enjoy the talent show and fashion show. With a week to spend in picturesque Provincetown, you can also simply unwind by chatting with co-participants about such fascinating topics as the most riveting lesbian movies you’ve seen.

Sparkle Weekend

Don’t be afraid to go international and join the Sparkle Weekend, which takes place on July 12-14, 2019 in Manchester, UK’s iconic Gay Village. Now on its 14th year, Sparkle Weekend is the world’s largest gender diversity celebration that is free of charge and includes exciting activities such as an annual ball, competitions including Ms. Sparkle, and entertainment from non-binary & trans musicians and artists. To keep the mood energetic, there will also be live music by DJs who will play every evening until 8:30 pm. There are also trans- and trans-friendly market vendors offering an eclectic array of merchandise, a variety of food and refreshment options, as well as advice and help from LGBTQ organizations.