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How do I register?
The quickest and most convenient way is to register online with a credit or debit card. But you can also register by postal mail using the Mail form.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit cards. We also accept personal checks or bank checks by postal mail. Please note that all prices related to the event, and shown here on this site, are in US dollars (USD).
International credit cards can be used, and will be charged for the USD amounts shown on the site. Your card-issuing bank will convert the amounts to your local currency at the bank's daily exchange rate for the transaction. International orders placed by postal mail must include a bank check in US dollar funds.
What is the host hotel?
Renaissance St. Louse Airport Hotel has been selected for this event.
Lounge in unforgettable luxury at Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. They provide a complimentary shuttle to and from St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Venture to dynamic destinations such as the Enterprise Center, Arch, and the St. Louis Zoo. Following your daily outing, retire to your chic room. They offer stylish décor, plush beds and thoughtful room service. The active travelers can stay fit by swimming in the indoor or outdoor pool. Make use of cardio equipment and free weights at our spacious fitness center.
From check-in to check-out, indulge in rejuvenating travels at Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.
We also have negotiated special discounted pricing starting at only $99 a night (Plus taxes and fees).
What is the promotional rate for Convergence?
The special event rate for a room at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel starts at $99 per night for all nights of the event. This rate does not include taxes or fees.
The current state and local taxes is 16.863% +$0.93.
Room Block Bonuses
When you book your room you will also get free self parking at the hotel, complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room as well as complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport/hotel.
Early Departure Fee
In the event that a guest who has reserved a room within our block checks out prior to the guest's reserved checkout date, an early departure fee of $75.00 will be charged to that guest's individual account. Guests wishing to avoid this fee must advise the hotel at or before check-in.
The hotel allows for cancellations up to 72 hours prior to your arrival date.
All guestrooms require an incidentals deposit that is collected upon check-in. Depending on the method of payment, the amounts are as follows:
Credit Card: $50 per night per room is authorized on the credit card. Upon checkout, the unused portion of the authorization is released back to the card.
Debit Card: $50 per night per room is held from the checking account tied to the debit card. Upon checkout, any unused funds are returned to the checking account . The amount of time it takes to receive the returned funds is up to the individual's banking institution, but it is typically within 7 working days after check-out. For this reason, we do not recommend using a Debit Card for the deposit.
Cash: $50 per night per room deposit is collected along with the entire amount due for the room itself. Any unused funds are returned to the guest at check -out.
What is Convergence?
Convergence is an annual international conference and social gathering of gay men of size and their admirers. This event serves a particular community, also commonly known as Chubs and Chasers; a vibrant sub-culture of the gay community at large.
Convergence has been a part of our community for 37 years and has been held annually in different cities around the United States on the US Holiday of Labor Day Weekend. Since the first Convergence, 36 years ago, the event has grown, at times, rising above 600 attendees representing over 35 different countries. Convergence allows members of our community to enjoy themselves openly, without judgment and affords an opportunity to make new friends and relationships as well as maintain those already established.
In short; Convergence is primarily a social event to meet other people in our community and empower you as an individual. It is packed with social activities, excursions, and parties.
Who is running the event?
Convergence is organized by the Big Gay Men's Organization (BGMO), a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting the empowerment of big gay men and the men that admirer them.
Convergence 38 is being hosted and organized by Conference Committee of Big Gay Mens Organization (BGMO).
When and where does Convergence take place?
Convergence always takes place on the U.S. Holiday of Labor Day Weekend. The 2020 event will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri (United States).
I am single. Should I go?
Yes! Convergence is a great event if you are single. Whether you are a chub, bear or chaser, there are many other singles who attend our events.
Convergence is a great way to meet someone. If you ever felt out of place in typical social events, because of your size, or because of your attraction to big men this is the event is for you.
I am partnered. Should I go?
Yes! There are always partnered couples at our events. Many actually met at a Convergence and come back to celebrate their anniversary each year. Everyone enjoys all the planned activities, the parties and the opportunities to socialize and meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.
Remember, Convergence is what you make of it. So it can be a great place to meet friends, participate in fun activities and enjoy a good time with other like-minded folks.
What are the excursions about?
Excursions are extra activities that can be purchased to get the most out of your Convergence experience. At this event, we have a selection of great excursions you can participate in. Please see the Excursions page for a list and more information.
Please note that some event packages already INCLUDE some excursions. Be sure to review your event package details and what it includes. There is time allowed in the schedule for you to explore the many things St. Louis has to offer.
How do I purchase excursions?
You can purchase new excursions or additional tickets from us, once you are registered for the event.
Some excursions have very limited capacity and are expected to sell out, so book early if you are interested.
To purchase an excursion, you must first be registered for the event with the purchase of an event package.