FAQ’s & COVID-19 Policy

Q: What is the event’s COVID-19 policy?

A:NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists values the safety and health of our convention attendees and event guests. Convention attendees, participants and guests must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the start of the event, as well as a photo ID. If a conference participant does not meet these requirements, they will not be allowed to enter the convention space in person. They will have the option of attending the event virtually. 

You should not attend the conference if you are experiencing or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or if you were exposed to a person with a positive, confirmed case of COVID-19 within the 14 days before the event begins.

To request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine requirement, please complete this confidential form. NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists has the sole discretion to approve or not approve the request. Attendees who receive a vaccine exemption will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the convention space.

Masking and social distancing requirements may be necessary and enforced for all attendees during the event. The association will work to keep members and attendees informed of any necessary precautions instituted by the association and any changes to the Public Health Ordinances issued by the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago. Participants are encouraged to visit www.nlgja.org and www.Chicago.gov for up-to-date policies and requirements.

This policy may be updated periodically. It was last updated February 11, 2022.


Q: Will I be able to participate virtually?

A: Yes, online participation is an option for attendees. Online participants will have access to some breakout sessions, exhibitors, and networking opportunities. Participants who wish to participate online should select a “VIRTUAL-ONLY” registration. All “IN-PERSON” registrants will have access to the online platform as well. To take advantage of the full National Convention experience, we encourage all who are able to join us in-person at The Drake to do so.