LGBT Friendly Cons

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Here’s a list of cons that Angel Martinez put together. If you know of an LGBT or LGBT friendly con that’s not listed, email the info to her at ravenesperanza@yahoo.com.

You’ll also find a downloadable Google Docs spreadsheet version here.

Looking for Slash Cons? There’s a great list here.

February:

Coastal Magic
http://coastalmagicconvention.com
Location: Daytona Beach
Attendance: 300
Focus: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal. Romance
Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

March:

Bishounen Con
http://bishounencon.com
Location: 1st was in Rhode Island, may move for second year
Attendance: 500
Focus: Yaoi/Manga/Anime
Very welcoming for other queer authors as well

C2E2
http://www.c2e2.com
Location: Chicago
Attendance: 62,000
Focus: Comic book and pop culture
Not LGBTQ specific but queer friendly

Shuto Con
http://www.shutocon.com/
Location: Lansing, MI
Attendance: 7-10,000
Focus: Anime and Cosplay
Not LGBTQ specific but queer friendly

April:

Rainbow Book Fair
http://rainbowbookfair.org
Location: Midtown Manhattan
Attendance: 1500
Focus: LGBTQ book fair
Writer, publishers, agents across the spectrum of LGBTQ publishing

RT Romantic Times
https://www.rtconvention.com
Location: Travels (Las Vegas 2016)
Attendance: 3000
Focus: Fan focused romance convention
While RT is not specifically LGBTQ oriented, it is a well attended event that’s very queer welcoming.

Haven Con
http://www.havencontx.com
Location: Austin
Attendance: ?
LGBTQ Geek and Gaming Con
Fandom oriented

Queers and Comics
http://www.queersandcomics.cca.edu
Location: Moves from year to year
Attendance: 300-400
Queer comics and cartoons

May:

WisCon
http://www.wiscon.info/index.php
Location: Madison
Attendance: 1000
Focus: Feminist and LGBT SF con for writers
Book oriented convention, some other media

Outlantacon
http://www.outlantacon.org
Location: Atlanta
Attendance: 200
Focus: Queer Geek fandoms

Yaoi/Yuri North
http://www.yaoinorth.com
Location: Toronto
Attendance: 28,000
Focus: Yaoi/Yuri
While this is an anime oriented con, all sorts of LGBTQ geek/ genre culture is welcome – runs as part of Anime North

ConquesT
http://www.conquestkc.org
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 1100
Focus: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Marcon (Multiple Alternative Realities Convention)
held in early May
http://marcon.org
Location: Columbus OH
Attendance: 1500
Focus: Pan Greek Culture (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science, Music, Gaming, Cosplay, Art.) Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

July:

Rainbow Con
http://www.rainbowconference.org
Location: Tampa
Attendance: 300
Focus: LGBTQ fiction/ media
Rainbow Con will be back for 2017

Euro Pride Con
http://europridecon.com
Location: Travels (Europe)
Attendance: ?
Focus: LGBT fiction

San Diego Comic Con
http://www.comic-con.org
Location: San Diego
Attendance: 130,000
Focus: Multigenre entertainment/ comic
Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

Outwrite Book Fair
http://thedccenter.org/outwritedc/
Location: Washington DC
Attendance: ?
Focus: LGBTQ themed books
Book fair, readings, panels etc.

Pride Con
http://www.pride-con.com
Location: Anaheim, Ca
Attendance: 2016 is the first year
Focus: LGBTQ pop culture, comics, anime, cosplay

ShiMMer Author Signing
hthttps://shimmerauthorevent.com/
Location: Birmingham, UK
Attendance: ?
Focus: M/M Romance, many UK based authors

August:

World Con
http://worldcon.org
Location: Travels
Attendance: 4-5,000
Focus: World Science Fiction Convention
Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

Flame Con
http://www.flamecon.org
Location: Brooklyn
Attendance: 2,500
Focus: Comic book and pop culture
LGBTQ specific, looking for vendors across queer media

Nine Worlds Geekfest
https://nineworlds.co.uk/
Location: London
Attendance: 1000
Focus: gaming, cosplay, fandom, literature, film, science, geek culture, not specifically LGBTQ but with queer content and queer friendly. (Also kid friendly.)

September:

Yaoi Con
http://www.yaoicon.com
Location: Burlingame (San Francisco area)
Attendance: ?
Focus: Yaoi
The last attendance #s seem to be from 2007 – from all reports attendance is much larger than 1500 at this point

Dragon Con
http://www.dragoncon.org
Location: Atlanta
Attendance: 63,000
Focus: Multigenre entertainment/ comic
Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

Baltimore Comic Con
http://baltimorecomiccon.com
Location: Baltimore
Attendance: 15,000
Focus: Comic book and fan culture
Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

UK GLBTQ Meet
http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk
Location: Travels (UK)
Attendance: 150
Focus: Queer Fiction

October:

WinCon
http://www.omgwincon.com
Location: Pittsburgh
Attendance: 300
Focus: Multimedia Fandom
From the WinCon website: “annual multi-fandom gathering for fans that aims to provide a safer space for women, people of color, lgbtqia+ folks, intersections thereof, and other under-represented fans of popular media and culture…”

Gaylaxicon
http://www.gaylaxicon2016.org
Location: Travels (2016 in Minneapolis)
Attendance: 400
Focus: LGBTQ SF, Fantasy and Horror
Attendance #’s are most likely outdated

GRL 2016
https://gayromlit.com/
Location: Travels
Attendance: 400
Focus: Gay Romance/related fiction
More of a retreat than a traditional convention, GRL (Gay Romance Literature) does offer panels and readings, etc. and other opportunities for readers to connect with authors.

OVFF (Ohio Valley Filk Fest)
usually held last weekend in October
http://ovff.org
Location: Columbus OH
Attendance: 300
Focus: Filk music. Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

November:

Chessiecon
http://chessiecon.org
Location: Timonium (Baltimore area)
Attendance: 600
Focus: SFF and Steampunk
Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly

Can*Con
http://can-con.org/cc/
Location: Ottawa
Attendance: ?
Focus: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Not LGBTQ specific but welcoming/ friendly