2024 LGBTQ+ Programming at SXSW 2024

Austin LGBT Chamber’s 11th Annual Official SXSW Big Queer Kickoff Party


RAIN on 4th
217 W. 4th St,
Austin, TX 78701

Join us at the 11th Annual Big Queer Kickoff Party at Rain on 4th! Once an unofficial gathering during SXSW of the queer community, and now THE official party where everyone gathers to celebrate the QUEER culture of Austin and SXSW. This year, we are partnering with HRC of Texas!

DJ REESH is on the decks from 8PM-Midnight and the drag show begins at 10PM.

Celebrate the start of SXSW 2024 with the biggest, queerest party in town. Whether you’re in town for the conference or a local looking to take in all the excitement and festivities, the 2024 #BigQueerKickoff Party is the place to be!

*  This is an Official SXSW event. SXSW badges have priority access.

Austin LGBT Chamber’s Official SXSW Panel

After headline-grabbing fallout from Pride month initiatives at major companies in 2023, many brands rolled back their LGBTQ+ inclusion efforts in an attempt to avoid pushback. However, some used the opportunity to reevaluate and ensure their efforts were comprehensive and meaningful. Hear an in-depth case study on how an organization conducted a transformative audit, leveraged frameworks and implemented best practices to craft a long-term LGBTQ+ inclusion strategy and a results-driven action plan to meet its business goals and support the LGBTQ+ community.

Discussion speakers:

  • Deirdre Walsh CEO IGC
  • Jackie Padgett CMO IGC Institute Exec Dir
  • Juan Suarez, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Southwest Airlines
  • Moderator: Fiona Dawson, Emmy®-nominated and award-winning filmmaker

Takeaways include learning how to:

  • Evaluate your organization’s authenticity, readiness, risks and opportunities
  • Align product, social impact, DEIB, public policy, ERG and marketing efforts
  • Identify unique opportunities for your brand to make a meaningful impact without “rainbow washing”