FAQ’s & COVID-19 Policy

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

A: At NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, the health and safety of our membership and community is one of our highest priorities, particularly as we prepare for our first in-person event since 2019. In light of the emergence of two highly transmissible variants, we have updated our COVID-19 policy.

Based on CDC guidance that state there is an increased risk of COVID-19 exposure from large gatherings, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists is requiring all #NLGJA2022 participants to wear masks in indoor convention spaces. We strongly recommend high quality respirator masks like KN95s, KN94s and N95s over surgical cloth face masks. Please note that speakers will not be required to wear masks while presenting during their sessions.

Convention attendees, participants and guests must also show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, as well as a photo ID, upon entrance to the convention. 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.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please do not attend convention events. During the convention, we strongly encourage you to keep track of your close contacts. In the event that you test positive for COVID-19, please inform recent close contacts and isolate.

We also recognize that airplane travel heightens risk of infection. As you make plans to travel to #NLGJA2022, please consider the risk to yourself and to fellow attendees. We strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality mask while traveling to the Convention, and that you test at least twice, once before traveling and once at convention.

We will continue to monitor guidelines from the CDC, and state and local governments.

This policy may be updated periodically. It was last updated August 18, 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.