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Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Pride Summit
Breakfast & Registration Opens
Welcome Remarks
Emerging Artists: We See You

As part of the Pride Summit, we’re giving visibility and a platform to the next generation of LGBTQ artists creating buzz. This out-and-proud group from a variety of musical backgrounds will reflect on their personal coming out stories, challenges unique to LGBTQ artists in the music industry, and what artists and industry players inspire and support them.


Moderator: Terra Lopez


K. Flay
Parson James
Shea Diamond

Digital Media: Pride & Platforms

Presented by Verizon Media

The linear and digital space is proving to be an important vehicle for queer voices and artists to create and advocate daily on a massive scale. Its ease of entry and lack of censorship allow for democratization of content creation, enabling them to speak candidly about critical issues ranging from bullying and mental health to starting hormones and having gender confirmation surgery before. This is a conversation between the top queer influencers and executives who champion this vital content.


Moderator: Alexis Fish, Billboard


Hannah Hart
Hayley Pappas, Verizon Media’s RYOT Films
Gigi Gorgeous
Joey Graceffa
Anna Akana
Eugene Lee Yang
Miles McKenna

Pride in The Corner Office

We will delve deep into the unique and important issues and experiences of LGBTQ executives within the music industry. The group will share personal insights and anecdotes, reflecting on a range of topics from homophobia in the industry to the future of reflecting their community through their work to how coming out influences the bottom line.

Moderated by Billboard Consumer Editorial Director Ian Drew, the panel includes leading execs from labels, streaming services, law, and management companies.


Moderator: Ian Drew, Billboard


Aaron Rosenberg, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light
Cindy Nguyen, Create Music Group
Eliah Seton, WMG
Jess Caragliano, Terrorbird Media
Rick Marcello, Kobalt Music
Wade Leak, Sony Music Entertainment

Drag & Music: From DragRace to the Top of the Charts

As the art of drag continues its rise to prominence in the cultural mainstream, the question remains — how can drag artists make an impact and get ahead in the music industry? In this panel, we will discuss the intersection of drag and music, with topics ranging from representation on the charts to the distinction between authenticity and marketability to the latest successes of drag artists.

Moderated by Billboard Staff Writer Stephen Daw, the panel is made some of the music industry’s leading drag queens, along with those who represent them.


Moderator: Stephen Daw, Billboard


Alaska Thunderfuck
Blair St. Clair
Manila Luzon
Ryan Aceto, Producer Entertainment Group
Trixie Mattel

They/Them Write the Songs

A discussion with hit-making LGBTQ songwriters about their unique position in the music world and how doors can be opened for rising talent. Influential songwriters from eclectic genres reflect on the hurdles LGBTQ songwriters face, the value of an inclusive songwriters’ room and what allies can do to help diversify the pool of talent — and why that’s better for the industry.


Moderator: Joe Lynch, Billboard


Justin Tranter
Shane McAnally
Teddy Geiger
Victoria Monét

Coffee Break
Queer Headliners

They’re back! The stars of Billboard’s 2019 Pride Issue — and its first-ever Pride Roundtable — reunite for another conversation with senior editor Nolan Feeney about LGBTQ representation, uplifting their queer peers and using their platforms responsibly.


Moderator: Nolan Feeney, Billboard


Big Freedia
Hayley Kiyoko
Tegan & Sara

Televised Revolution: The Beings of Pose

Presented by The Hollywood Reporter with Jayce Baron moderating, Televised Revolution: The Being of Pose will delve deep into the smash hit FX series about the joys and bitter struggles of the ballroom community. Featuring cast members MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Dyllón Burnside and key behind-the-scenes players Steven Canals and Janet Mock, the panel explores how Pose assembled the largest ever trans cast for a scripted series, job opportunities before and after Pose, and how the TV/film industry at large has reacted to the show.


Moderator: Jayce Baron, Kiss & Tell Networks

Dyllón Burnside
Hailie Sahar
Indya Moore
MJ Rodriguez

Cocktail Party
Official Pride Summit Afterparty

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride and Visibility in Entertainment, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s first ever Pride Summit will be taking place on Thursday, August 8 at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood!

For Sponsorship Opportunities

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Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Announce Inaugural Pride Summit