Calendar of LGBT events

Exhibitions, festivals, shows and more: Paris has a vibrant cultural scene, and its LGBT component in particular is very active. Here is a round-up of the key events with an LGBT slant in the French capital.

Salon du livre lesbien © DR

All year round, the LGBT community makes its voice heard in fields spanning cinema, sport, literature, music and the visual arts.

In January, the Festival des cultures LGBT gets the ball rolling. This multi-disciplinary event (exhibitions, shows, film screenings, concerts and so on) takes place in various parts of Paris.

In March-April, cinema pays tribute to LGBT sensibilities with the women-oriented Festival international du film de femmes and the queer-focused Festival de films d’artistes sur le queer. March is also the month when Queer Week takes place in various venues across Ile-de-France, with an eclectic programme comprising debates, hikes, parties and performances. Then there is the Printemps des assoces fair, featuring a range of exhibitions, workshops and activities.

In June, a few days before the Marche des Fiertés LGBT (Gay Pride parade), the TIP (Tournoi International de Paris) brings together sportspeople from around the world for an event open to all participants, whatever their gender, age or skill level. Go for it!

In July, the Salon du livre lesbien (lesbian book fair) places the focus on literature by lesbian writers, and offers visitors a rare opportunity to meet and chat with big-name authors.

When autumn rolls around, it’s time for Jerk Off – a multi-disciplinary event devoted to queer and alternative culture. Visitors flock to this event to enjoy all kinds of shows: plays, dance performances, lectures … there’s something for everyone.

In October the focus shifts to transgender people and their supporters during the Existrans parade.

November is the month for gay, lesbian, bi and trans cinema. With no fewer than three unmissable events as the year draws to a close – Chéries-Chéris, the Marais Film Festival and the Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival, cinemagoers are spoilt for choice!

And if you’re a sports fan, don’t miss the Gay Games in 2018: Paris will be the host city for the Games from 4 to 12 August.


Quinzaine des Fiertés

Festival
from 14 June 2019 to 30 June 2019
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Two weeks of events for the LGBT cause

Festival of LGBT cultures

Festival
January - February 2020 (to be confirmed)
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The new edition of the LGBT Festival at the beginning of the year.

Existrans

Celebration
October 2019
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

The march of trans- and intersex people and those who support them.

Jerk Off

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
September 2019
Le Carreau du Temple - 4 rue Eugène Spuller, Paris

Jerk Off, the LGBT+ multidisciplinary cultural festival.

International Women Film Festival

Festival
from 22 March 2019 to 31 March 2019
Maison des Arts de Créteil - 1 place Salvador Allende, Créteil

Ten days focussing on female creation.

Lesbian book fair

Trade fair, trade show
July 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Focus on lesbian litterature.

Printemps des Assoces

from 06 April 2019 to 07 April 2019
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Every year for the last 20 years or so, some 100 LGBT + associations have been getting together to meet the public at the Printemp...

Festival Loud & Proud

Festival | Music - miscellaneous
from 04 July 2019 to 07 July 2019
Gaîté Lyrique - 3 bis rue Papin, Paris

Queer culture has landed at the Gaîté Lyrique!

Gay book fair

Trade fair, trade show
July 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Paris welcomes its gay book fair.

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