Conferences & Calls for Submissions

We will list and update this site about conferences related to LGBTQIA issues and interests. Also listed below are calls for papers and presentations for future conferences, as well as a section with calls for written submissions. If you are interested in attending a conference, please contact us about how *WE CAN HELP FUND YOUR TRIP*.


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Calls for Papers/Conference Proposals


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Upcoming Conferences


Fall 2012




Out for Work National Conference -September 28-30th, 2012 , - Chicago, IL
Out for Work functions as a complimentary component in the total educational experience of LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation and implementation of career plans and opportunities. OFW’s programs, resources and services provide assistsance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment opportunities.


2nd Anarchist Studies Network Conference - September 3-5, 2012 – Loughborough University, United Kingdom
The Anarchist Studies Network ( is hosting a conference to acknowledge, celebrate and deepen these diverse efforts to understand and transform our world, our lives. The organizers hope to have sessions focused on Anarchist/Queer, Anarchism & Feminist, and Radical Political identities.

Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay - September 27-30, 2012, New York City
In celebration of the centennial of the birth of LGBT pioneer Harry Hay, CLAGS (the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies at CUNY) and the Harry Hay Centennial Committee invite proposals for a broad-reaching conference exploring key facets of LGBT life and their evolution over the last six decades. 




Translating Identity Conference 2012 - 2012 - University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Opening its doors to the public for the tenth time in nine years for the 2011 conference, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves!


National Workshop on Gender Creative Kids - October 25th-26th, 2012 – Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
Concordia University will host a two-day workshop on the subject of gender creative/gender non-conforming/gender independent children. Despite the fact that a wave of national and international media reports are highlighting an increasing number of young children who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, there are very few resources that support these children and their families in Canada. Further, there is very little research to draw on to inform the development of resources. The ‘National Workshop on Gender Creative Kids’ will be the first national forum to bring together a variety of stakeholders to begin to address this gap.

Transcending Boundaries Conference - October 26th-28th, 2012 Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts
Transcending Boundaries, Inc. hosts an annual community conference to celebrate the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality and relationships.  The 2012 Transcending Boundaries Conference is an open forum for people of all genders, sexual orientations and relationship statuses to teach, learn, debate and discuss the civics, issues, concerns and joys of these elements of our identities.  An immersive weekend of networking, education, entertainment and social time understanding these factors within ourselves, our individual communities, and the public world in which we work and live.



2012 Mid Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference - Dates TBD

Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference -Bloomsburg University



Spring 2012



The 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change -January 23–27, 2013 - Atlanta, Georgia
What's Creating Change? Only the premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies.
The conference is run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and attracts more than 2,500 people from all over the country every year. Presenters and participants come from all walks of life and include members of the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations.
Our five-day program features over 250 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, and tons of networking opportunities.





Lavender Languages Conference - February 15-17, 2013 - American University, Washington, DC

One of the things that makes this conference unique is its “no attitude” atmosphere. The conference setting environment is fully informal. There is ample time for discussion during the scheduled sessions and during the refreshment breaks. Conference participants come from a broad range of backgrounds—gender, sexuality, age, career-level, nationality, race/ethnicity, academic discipline, political stance, and so on. Fees are deliberately suppressed to ensure that registration is affordable. The conference site is accessible. And, with sufficient advance notice, all events have sign-language support. You will not feel alone, out-of-place, or unloved at Lav Lgs 20.


Lehigh Valley LGBTQIA Intercollegiate Conference - February 16th, 2013- Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

This conference is an effort to increase community solidarity and interaction between the schools in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Participants should look forward to a day of sessions courtesy of campus members from many of the participating schools, as well as community members and notable LGBTQIA individuals.

Registration is free and can be found on the website.




Pennsylvania Progressive Summit 2013 - March 1-2, 2013 Harrisburg, Pa

Join hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers and grassroots activists as we come together to build a progressive future in Pennsylvania. While we are not always in agreement about tactics, the organizations that make up today’s progressive movement have vital convictions in common. If we are to succeed in moving our communities and our nation forward, we must recognize our shared goals and learn to work together


CatalsytCon East - March 15th-March 17th, 2013 - Washington, DC

CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk about and treat sexuality.  It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way our friends, neighbors, children and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity.


National Queer People of Color Conference - TBD
The Queer People of Color Conference gives people the chance to understand the diversity amongst being a person of color in the Queer community. It focuses on the social reformation, injustice, and oppression. It gives light to coming out of the closet in ethnic communitites, polticial beliefs, safe sex and HIV, and the movement of art; visual and performing . The theme of this year's conference is Fourway: Intersections of Race, Gender, Class and Sex[uality].




OUT & Greek National LGBT & Ally Conference for Fraternities & Sororities - April 11th - 14th, 2013 - Orange County – Costa Mesa, California

The OUT & GREEK National Leadership Conference is the only conference of its kind for LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities.
Never has there been a leadership conference to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities. The conference is sponsored by the landmark Lambda 10 Project, an educational initiative of Campus Pride.

18th annual Northeast LGBT Conference - April 12th - April 14th , RIT

The Rochester Institute of Technology is excited to host the 18th Annual Northeast LGBT Conference in 2013. The Conference will bring hundreds of students and advisors from across the Northeast to celebrate, educate, and empower LGBT and Ally student leaders to become agents of change.

The 2013 event will feature a professional track in the form of an Advisor Conference for 100 faculty, staff, administrators, and other professionals who currently work with LGBT students, as well as a Scholar track for students who wish to attend more in-depth, educational programs.



Bodies in Movement: Intersecting Discourses of Materiality in the Sciences and the Arts - TBD

The University of Edinburgh

A two-day interdisciplinary conference with a critical focus on theory exploring the relationship between the body and movement within the sciences and the humanities, as engaged with in literature, philosophy, art, film, cultural studies and the sciences.

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Equality Forum 2013 - TBD - Philadelphia, PA

Hosting over 25 panels, International Equality Dinner, SundayOUT! at The Piazza. six parties, an art exhibit, theater performance, and more. There is no registration fee and all panels are free.



13th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference - TBD, Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) was founded in 2002 by a group of transgender activists, allies, and service providers. Now in its eleventh year, PTHC proudly offers a space for transgender people and our allies, families, and providers to come together to re-envision what health means for transgender people.

The focus of this unique conference is promoting transgender health and wellness in mind, body, spirit, and community. PTHC recognizes the interconnections among all aspects of our well-being; including health, safety, education, employment, housing, and social support. Further, PTHC recognizes that accessible and quality healthcare is an integral part of self-determining our bodies and identities in the larger world.  

As much as possible, PTHC strives to ensure that the conference addresses the diverse needs of all transgender communities: transgender men, transgender women, gender-queer, and gender-variant people, as well as our partners, families, and allies.  In addition, in an effort to increase the availability of quality, culturally-competent care for transgender communities, PTHC also provides a workshops for medical, mental health, and social service providers.

We are committed to making the conference as inclusive and accessible as possible. Therefore, the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference charges no registration fee.




Social Policies & Pragmatic Tolerance - TBD -Amsterdam
- Gives undergraduate students an in-depth look at some of the social policies of the Netherlands and their implications on Amsterdam. Subjects such as
immigration, drugs and sex work will be addressed by various prominent guest lecturers and educational site visits. Studying in Amsterdam gives you one
of the world's most beautiful and stimulating cities as your campus.


Queering Paradigms V - TBD - Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The aim of the conference is thus to analyze the status quo and the future challenges of Queer and LGBTIQ Studies from an ample,
inter/multidisciplinary perspective, in order to problematize/destabilize (i.e. to queer) essentialized discourses and totalizing paradigms. Our intention is to bring together researchers from many countries in an exploration of queer and LGBTIQ social practices, presenting from disciplines as diverse as, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology,
language studies, theology, political science, law, social medicine, philosophy, geography and social psychology.


Toward Trans/national Scholarly and Activist Kinships - TBD, Madrid, Spain

Organized by the LGBT Studies Program & Minor
Chancellor’s Leadership Project
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY, USA

We invite scholars and activists to join in an exploration of the methods, possibilities, challenges, and dangers of doing LGBT/queer scholarship, activism, pedagogy, and curriculum in a transnationalized and technologically mediated world. We want to address the many challenges of understanding and responding to the complexly lived lives of queer subjects, as they are shaped by local and global upheavals and opportunities. What does the ‘transnational’ mean? How are queer lives rendered visible and legible and affectively accessible? What matrices of power make some queer figures more visible than others? What new forms of scholarship and activism emerge as people, images, ideas, and capital move in rapid, uneven, and complex ways across national borders? How might practices of kinships, however tense or contingent, happen? How does, or should, the transnational turn shape our pedagogies and curricula? And how do we connect and collaborate as scholars and activists across the globe? These are messy knowledges, nuanced knowledges, framed by the local and the global in complicated and often surprising ways.


The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) eighth biennial meeting -

TBD , Madrid, Spain


Campus Progress National Conference -TBD, Washington DC


Annual RC21 Conference 2013 - TBD, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


2013 National LGBTI Health Summit - TBD , Indiana Memorial Union on the campus of Indiana University

We invite you to spend a few days in Bloomington Indiana working intensively with colleagues from all over the nation and world who are grappling with similar challenges, and engage in deep thinking and extended discussion about innovative programming related to the theme of "LGBTI Health: At the Crossroads." We welcome presentations from diverse health care disciplines, community members, and anyone with a vested interest in addressing LGBTI health discrepancies. Based on the content of the abstracts accepted for workshop presentations, the workshop will be organized into tracks.

Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp - TBD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Let's go camp, now you can develop friendships for a lifetime with other LGBT and ally college students, build your leadership skills and take action as a social justice advocate for a safer and more inclusive campus.




LGBTQ Focus Group at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference -TBD - Washington, DC
As the conference on the whole challenges us to consider every theatrical event as a mode of civic engagement, as well as to think about the necessity of theatre in our schools, cities, nations, and worlds, the LGBTQ Focus Group is interested in sessions exploring the specific ways in which LGBTQ scholars, performers, audiences, educators, and students act as advocates for civil disobedience and dissidence; for theatrical unrest and restlessness; for outlaw, outside, outsider, ‘out there,’ and otherwise out performance.

Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference 2013 -TBD, Washington Hilton, Washington DC–

Each year, the National LGBT Bar Association hosts the Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair to bring together the best and brightest legal minds in the LGBT community.  The three-day conference draws over 1,500 attendees and features over 35 workshops and panel discussions.  The career fair, held on the first day of the conference, draws over 500 students and features over 130 recruiters.



**Some LGBT oriented conferences and events are also (cross)listed
at Campus Pride's Events & Conferences webpage**.


Calls for Conference Proposals






Calls for Journal and Book Submissions


Call for Submissions: Attention all writers: here is your chance to publish your work in an ongoing series of books called World Voice.
We are looking for amateur and professional writers to share their stories and to write about their lives and what really matters to them. This can be in the form of poetry, biographies, creative writings, photographs, and photos of your original art. Please email the coordinating author Joseph A Santiago for more details and an online submission form.

Call for Submissions : InterAlia, a peer-edited scholarly journal for queer theory, seeks submissions, written either in Polish or in English.
Among the issues we hope our contributors will address is the translatability of queer concepts across cultural and linguistic borders; the relationship between queer theory and activism; the possibility of reconciling the different positionings within the queer community that are related to such factors as gender, race, class, age, sexual practices, and geographical location; the relevance of queer studies for understanding the discourses, cultural practices, and institutions that surround us; and the potential of queer as a counterdiscourse or counterpractice. Email with questions.


Gender and Sexualities in Education (book)
Editor’s personal website:
Peter Lang is pleased to announce the launch of a new book series on Gender and Sexualities in Education. This series seeks to publish high quality manuscripts that address the complex interrelationship between gender and sexuality in shaping young people’s schooling experiences, their participation in popular youth cultures, and their sense of self in relation to others. Our central interest is in understanding the ways in which young people learn to perform gender in ways that may be constrained by the constructs of patriarchy and heteronormativity, or that may be shaped by a more equitable and liberatory conception of self in relation to others.

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