Conferences & Paper Submissions

In My Mind: A LGBT Peoples of Color Mental Health Conference – Recognizing, Articulating and Meeting Our Needs

Announcing call for abstract submissions for 2016 – In My Mind: A LGBT Peoples of Color Mental Health Conference – Recognizing, Articulating and Meeting Our Needs…

Click here for details and to submit your abstract:

More information about the conference, which is in New York City, can be found here

Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2016

LGBTQ Marketing Student? Kickstart Your Career!

Are you an undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior LGBTQ student interested in a career in Marketing? Do you want to learn more about and engage with representatives from top CPG, brand management, digital marketing, public relations, and advertising companies? Do you want to establish impactful relationships with other high-achieving LGBTQ students from across the U.S.?
The 2016 O4U Marketing Conference will provide all of this and much more. This 3-day conference in September will be hosted at the PepsiCo headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. All admitted students’ airfare, lodging, and food will be covered in full.
If you would like to learn more about this conference and/or submit your application, please visit The first round of applications will open on Monday, April 4th!

Call for Proposals
Transgender Spectrum Conference
November 4–5, 2016
Washington University in St. Louis

About the conference
Washington University in St. Louis is honored to host the third annual Transgender Spectrum Conference. Initiated by the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2014, the conference brings together a wide range of people interested in improving, and celebrating, the lives of transgender people in the St. Louis area and beyond.  Our goal is to create dialog, to educate ourselves and our community, and to improve the lives of all gender variant people. The conference includes a variety of programming for everyone–from those learning about transgender issues for the first time to seasoned scholars and activists. In addition, some programming is for self-identified trans people only.

To learn more about the conference visit:

Call for proposals
The planning committee invites proposals for papers, panels, or workshops in any field on any topic pertaining to transgender issues, sex/gender variance, and gender expansive identities. We seek the involvement of activists, trans community members, health care providers, social workers, educators, as well as scholars, students, and family members of trans people. This year’s theme is Education, Liberation, and Healing. We seek proposals for individual papers, panel/group presentations, and workshops that will engage with the theme, as well as those that expand our framework. Creative and artistic presentations are welcome. We are particularly interested in presentations by, and for, trans people of color.

PANELS could consist of a group of people discussing a shared topic of expertise, a group of papers with a uniting theme, etc. WORKSHOPS are programs that usually include audience participation. Examples include a round table discussion or an interactive learning experience. PAPER presentations should be a maximum of 20 minutes, PANELS will have 60 minutes, WORKSHOPS may be 60-90 minutes.

Submit here:

Submission: 31 May 2016
Decision and notification: mid-summer 2016

Portland State University’s Queer Resource Center is pleased to announce the Queer Students of Color Conference (QSOCC) – Diasporic Futures, April 16 & 17, 2016. This is the 6th anniversary of QSOCC! This year, we invite you to imagine the world our Ancestors want us to live in, where there is: an end to racism and racist exploitation of the bodies and labor of people of color; the end to transphobia and transantagonism; an end to state sanctioned Black genocide; actualized equity and justice for all people and living things; land rights and sovereignty to the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island; safe, affordable, and accessible housing, health care, food, and education for all.

You can register for the conference NOW at:

Call for Workshop Proposals attached.

For all questions, concerns, or to request accommodations, please contact Samantha Taylor at

After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship
Conference Date: October 1-2, 2016 | Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

Hosted by CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Lisa Duggan (New York University)
Mignon Moore (Barnard College)
Sean Strub (The Sero Project; Founder, POZ Magazine)
and others to be announced soon!

Proposal Deadline: May 7, 2016
Submit proposals at

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the civil right to marry. After the ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the internet. But in addition to the celebration, we also began to hear more about what activists and academics have been saying for decades—that LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage.

The marriage equality campaign has been criticized for limiting LGBTQ political mobilization within a narrow “homonormative” framework, making invisible all of the many pressing issues that impact diverse LGBTQ-identified individuals. Since the ruling, donations to some LGBTQ organizations have declined, and longstanding organizations have shut down.

There is an urgent need for a major public conversation about this turning point in LGBTQ politics. This conference will convene such a conversation, raising the profile of the countless similar conversations already unfolding among activists, funders, and academics in order to explore possible agendas for LGBTQ politics and scholarship after marriage.

The two-day conference will feature plenary roundtable conversations among both established and rising figures in LGBTQ politics and scholarship. The conference will also feature break-out sessions for which we are currently accepting proposals. We invite proposals for traditional academic presentations, less formal roundtable contributions, as well as wholly constituted panels, roundtables, and workshops.

We especially encourage submissions that grapple with the future of LGBTQ scholarship and/or politics from intersectional and critical perspectives. We ask all submissions to respond in some way to the specificity of this moment: How does the arrival of legal marriage equality reshape—or not—the issue you propose to discuss?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Queer Kinship
Queer Parenting
Queer Communities
Policing and Incarceration
Trans* Justice
Socioeconomic Class and Queer Issues
Queer People of Color
Funding LGBTQ Work
LGBTQ Politics outside the U.S.
Societies without Legal Marriage Rights
Local vs. National Political Strategies
Lessons Learned from Marriage Campaign

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 7, 2016

Submit questions and proposals via email to conference organizers:

Proposals for individual submissions should include:

An abstract of 500-1,000 words, which should include a brief description of the presentation’s content and format (academic presentation, informal roundtable contribution, etc.), and a rationale for inclusion in this conference. This should be accompanied by a short biography of the presenter (100 words or less).

Proposals for wholly constituted panels, roundtables, or workshops must include:

A brief description of the session as a whole (150 words or less), and an abstract of no more than 500 words for each proposed presentation.  Each abstract should include a brief description of the individual presentation’s content and format. Please also provide each presenter’s biography (100 words or less). This proposal should also include a rationale for inclusion of this panel/roundtable/workshop in the conference.

For wholly constituted panels, roundtables, and workshops we strongly encourage collaboration between activists and academics.