A Brief History of IFCON


The International Friendship Conference (IFCON) is an annual social gathering hosted over the years by members of the International Friendship Alliance (IFA) and Long Yang Club (LYC) - two groups dedicated to promoting friendship among gay Asian men & the people who love them.

It started out in 1988 as a small informal gathering of Asians & Friends members from Washington and New York to celebrate the DC group's fourth anniversary. The following year, there was a reciprocal visit to NYC. In 1990, it was decided to invite other groups to participate, and ever since, a simple gathering of friends has blossomed into an exciting international social and educational gathering every Labor Day weekend.

IFCON offers fun, support, and camaraderie for Asian men and their friends. It is hosted by a different member chapter each year and has drawn participants from around the globe.

IFW Host Cities (International Friendship Weekend)
I. Washington, DC - 1990
II. Chicago - 1991
III. San Francisco - 1992
IV. Pittsburgh - 1993
V. New York - 1994
VI. Dallas - 1995
VII. London, England - 1996
VIII. Los Angeles - 1997
IX. Cleveland - 1998
X. Washington, DC - 1999
XI. Chicago - 2000
XII. Houston - 2001
XIII. Bahamas Cruise (Hosted by AF South Florida) - 2002
XIV. Pittsburgh - 2003
XV. Philadelphia - 2004

iCON Host Cities (Independent Event until 2005)
1. London, England - 1999
2. Seattle, WA, USA - 2000
 ~ No iCON Event in 2001 ~ 
3. Montréal, Canada - 2002
4. Paris, France - 2003
5. Bangkok, Thailand - 2004

IFW / iCON Host Cities (Joint Hosted Events)
XVI. Toronto, Canada - 2005
XVII. San Francisco - 2006
XVIII. Minneapolis - 2007
XIX. Berlin, Germany - 2008

IFCON Host Cities (After Name Changed in 2009)
XX. Atlanta - 2009
XXI. Caribbean Cruise (Hosted by AF Chicago) - 2010
XXII. Houston - 2011
XXIII. Denver - 2012
XXIV. San Diego - 2013
XXV. Washington, DC - 2014
XXVI. New Orleans (Hosted by AF Houston) - 2015
XXVII. Chicago - 2016

In 2017, the 28th edition of IFCON is heading to CANADA - where our friendly neighbors to the North invite you to experience the Old World Charm of Montréal!