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New LGBTQ+ Conference to Connect Queer Businesses and Entertainment

New LGBTQ+ Conference to Connect Queer Businesses and Entertainment

<p>New LGBTQ+ Conference to Connect Queer Businesses and Entertainment</p>
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It's being called the "gay SXSW."

An LGBTQ+ business and entertainment conference is holding its first in-person event after a virtual launch during the pandemic. Unleashed LGBTQ+ will be held in Dallas, Texas, on September 22-24, 2023.

The event, launched by founder Wesley Smoot, will bring together LGBTQ+ professionals for several days of panels, workshops, performances, and keynotes around the LGBTQ+ market, according to a news release.

"This trailblazing event will bring LGBTQ+ professionals from across the country to connect in a fun and interactive environment with top talent, brands, and industry leaders across business, entertainment, fashion, travel, and technology sectors," it said.

Unleashed LGBTQ, which has been called a “gay SXSW” by Pink Media’s Matt Skallerud, launched during the pandemic online. Now, it’ll take place at Gilley’s Dallas, a 92,000-square-foot venue with views of the Dallas skyline, as well as Cedars Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Speakers and entertainers for the September conference will be made available in the coming months. Previous speakers include comedian Matteo Lane, drag queen Carmen Carrera, first out gay NFL draftee Michael Sam, and activist Celia Sandhya Daniels.

Unleashed LGBTQ is currently accepting applications for speakers, panelists, and project premiers.

You can find out more information here.

Unleashed LGBTQ is in partnership with equalpride, the parent company of The Advocate. Partners also include Dallas Voice, Kelly Ann Winget, adn iHeart Radio.

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