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Unleashed LGBTQ



On the heels of SXSW Online, Unleashed LGBTQ, an interactive virtual event tailored to industry professionals and hopefuls that identify as LGBTQ, is set to debut virtually this weekend. The three-day event, which organizers hope to make an annual gathering, will feature keynote speakers, tutorials, discussion panels, virtual fashion shows, and performances from some of the biggest names in LGBTQ film, television, and music.

Unleashed LGBTQ will provide a platform for brands, entertainers, and LGBTQ professionals to connect and learn about the latest products, services, and campaigns in apps, fashion, travel, media, entertainment, and more from some of the largest names in the LGBTQ business and entertainment. “Our goal is to create an LGBTQ event on par with ‘South By’ with more of a focus on new and emerging brands,” explained Unleashed LGBTQ creator, Wesley Smoot. “We’ve curated a diverse and engaging slate of brands and presenters aimed exclusively at the LGBTQ market.”

The first part of each day will see educational and informational events with a focus on business, marketing, and non-profits, while the second part of the day will feature more entertaining content. Participants will be able to check out presentations by some of the edgiest and diverse LGBTQ businesses from an array of industries, including apps, fashion, travel and more.  A full schedule of events is available on the website.

Featured Speakers

Matteo Lane

Brian Sims
Pennsylvania State Representative

Carmen Carrera
Actress/Model & Entrepreneur

Michael Sam
Former NFL Player

Gravity Balmain
HBO’s “Legendary”

Mike Page, CSA
Owner & Director,
Day & Page Casting

Stacey Chosed
CEO, League at AT&T

Andy Kraut

Martin Stark
CEO, World Gay Boxing

Unleashed LGBTQ was originally set to launch as an in-person event in 2020 with attendance limited to professionals in the entertainment industry, those wanting to see the latest products, services, and campaigns, and those  interested in entering the LGBTQ market with apps, fashions, non-profits, and travel. That inaugural event was ultimately postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and this year’s reformatted virtual event was opened up to the public to give participants, who have spent the past year in quarantine and social distancing, a chance to check out the program and enjoy the entertainment.

Unleashed LGBTQ opens Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10 AM and runs through 8:30 PM on Saturday, March 27, 2021 and will broadcast on the website at Registration for the event is free and open to public, aged 18 and up.

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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january 2022