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We are Queer Athena!
An NYC based community. A safe space. A family.

Love is required. No hate allowed.


We Host Queer Events!

From art markets to concerts to dating events, Queer Athena is constantly creating spaces for the LGBTQ+ community to thrive.

Upcoming Events

Join us at our future events and see what all the fuss is about with Queer Athena!

We're always planning new things for the LGBTQ+ community, so if you can't make it to our next one, don't worry - there will always be more!

  • Escape Room Challenge
    Wed, Apr 12
    Escape Room Madness
    Apr 12, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Escape Room Madness, 38 W 32nd St 5th Floor, Ste 500, New York, NY 10001, USA
    Come help us complete an Escape Room!
  • Queer Night in Soho
    Fri, Apr 14
    Soho Galo Space
    Apr 14, 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM
    Soho Galo Space, 494 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA
    Start the Spring off by making new friends! This is a one-of-a-kind SPEED FRIENDING experience you won't want to miss!
  • Hiking Trip
    Sun, Apr 16
    Clay Pit Ponds State Park
    Apr 16, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Clay Pit Ponds State Park, 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY 10309, USA
    We're organizing a group to go hiking at the Clay Pit Ponds in Staten Island! We will be collaborating with Queer Walks and Hikes to make this happen!
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Shop Queer Athena swag

Totes bags, enamel pins, stickers and more!

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Get Involved

Join the Queer Athena family! If you like what you see at our events, and want to do even more than just have fun, reach out to us about volunteering, vendor openings, collaboration opportunities, and more!

Meet the Founders

Lia Athena and Zachary J. Leong

Lia Athena is a self-published writer and background actor. Shortly after releasing Rainbow Plague to the public, she began hosting house parties and picnics to bring together people from the queer community. Since then, it has grown into an unexpectedly large group of unique and talented individuals, each with a story that Lia has enjoyed connecting with.

Zachary is an established designer and owner of Corki Designs - a small business focused on incorporating the sustainable material, cork, in all of its home decor items. His entrepreneurship passion is what led him to create Corki Designs, and is also what drove him to help Lia bring Queer Athena to life.

Hear what others think of us

Anonymous, 25, NJ

“Attending the Queer Athena events has helped me explore my comfort zone and also go into the city a lot more with the friends I've made!"

Anonymous, 21, Manhattan

"Okay, well like I really did not have any friends before going to the park meetup, and now I have this whole circle of friends so my entire social life is basically all due to going to the events."

Anonymous, 29, East Village

“I've not only met a lot of great people at these events, but also got to reconnect with a friend I hadn't seen since before covid.”

Our Partnerships

Our goal is to work for and with the LGBTQ+ community. To make that happen, we do our best to collaborate with other queer-owned businesses from around the country as well as in our own backyard here in New York City. From manufacturing to catering to venues, we include as much representation as we can along the way.


Brianna Musco

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