celebrations & observances


International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27, January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Romani, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly 60/7 on 1, November 2005 during the 42 plenary session. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year during which the United General Assembly marked the 60 anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27, January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Romani, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly 60/7 on 1, November 2005 during the 42 plenary session. The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year during which the United General Assembly marked the 60 anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.

Source: https://www.cod.edu/student_life/resources/lgbtq/awareness.aspx

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (February 21-27)

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (ASAW) is a week meant to spread awareness and acceptance of aromantic spectrum identities and the issues we face, as well as a chance for the community to celebrate our own experiences and existence. ASAW generally occurs the first full week (starting Sunday) following Valentine’s Day; it began in large part as a way for those in the aromantic community who had difficulty finding space for their experiences in such a universally romanticized event to come together and celebrate their own unique experiences. This week was first recognized from November 10th-17th in 2014, under the name Aromantic Awareness Week; in 2015, it was moved to late February, and the name was changed to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week to be more specifically inclusive of all arospec identities.

Source: http://www.arospecweek.org/about-asaw/


Bisexual Health Awareness Month

Bisexual+ Health Awareness Month (#BiHealthMonth), led annually by the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), raises awareness about the bisexual+ (bi, pansexual, fluid, queer, etc.) community’s social, economic, and health disparities; advocates for resources; and inspires actions to improve bi+ people’s well-being.

Source: https://bihealthmonth.org/

Zero Discrimination Day (March 1)

The UN first celebrated Zero Discrimination Day on March 1, 2014, after UNAIDS, a UN program on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.

Source: https://www.who.int/gender-equity-rights/news/zero-discrimination-day/en/

National LGBT Health Awareness Week (March 22-26)

The Annual LGBTQIA+ Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQIA+) community. Sponsored by the National Coalition for LGBTQIA+ Health

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International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31)

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded by Michigan-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBTQIA+ holidays celebrating transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance which mourned the loss of transgender people to hate crimes, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.

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The Physics of Breaking Glass Ceilings

Transgender Day of Visibility Event hosted by Lambda Alliance and Nuclear Science Division featuring Dr. Gwen Grinyer, Professor of Nuclear Physics at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada).


Day of Silence (April 23)

The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQIA+) students and their supporters. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQIA+ students and their supporters.

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Lesbian Visibility Day

Held on April 26 every year, Lesbian Visibility Day showcases women loving women, providing a platform for lesbian role models to speak out on the issues facing female sexual minorities.

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International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (May 17)

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

Source: https://may17.org/about/

Agender Pride Day (May 19)

To be agender means to not identify as any particular gender. Agender is also called genderblank , genderfree, genderless, gendervoid, non-gendered, ungendered, or null gender. The agender identity falls under the nonbinary umbrella and (sometimes) the transgender umbrella.

Source: https://www.grlgbtqhealthcareconsortium.org/significantdates/agender-pride-day

Harvey Milk Day (May 22)

Harvey Milk Day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated each year held May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978.

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Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness Day (May 24)

May 24 marks Pansexual Visibility Day — a day for our community to uplift, elevate and celebrate those who identify as pansexual. Pan people’s sexuality can often be erased when they are assumed to be either gay or straight, or when their pan identity isn’t taken seriously, so it’s essential to make sure that we uplift the voices of pan people.

Being pan can mean different things to those who use it. For some, it describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender, or no gender, though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.

Some people use pansexual as the sole term to describe their sexuality, while others use pan in addition to other words. It is also often considered part of the overall bisexual+ community and can be used alongside a number of other terms in this family such as “bi,” “queer” or “fluid.”

Source: https://www.hrc.org/news/hrc-staff-celebrate-pansexual-visibility-day-2020


Pride Month!!

LGBTQIA+ Pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQIA+) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBTQIA+ rights movements throughout the world. Pride has lent its name to LGBTQIA+-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals and even a cable TV station and the Pride Library. Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBTQIA+ Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBTQIA+ history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia's 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Some pride events include LGBTQIA+ pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and large festivals, such as Sydney Mardi Gras, which spans several weeks.

Source: https://www.cod.edu/student_life/resources/lgbtq/awareness.aspx

HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (June 5)

In 2014, Tez created HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD) annually on June 5. It is a day to highlight the resilience and strengths of people living longest with HIV and AIDS while pointing out the challenges facing this population and demanding action to improve our quality of life.

The date is the anniversary of the beginning of the AIDS pandemic before it was known as AIDS. On 5 June 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first reported cases of a rare lung infection called Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) were found in five young, previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles.

Source: https://letskickass.hiv/as-an-hiv-patient-in-the-80s-i-had-lost-all-hope-innovation-gave-it-back-da35056706a3

Pulse Night of Remembrance (June 12)

Marking the date when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016, and took the lives of 49 people, while injuring dozens of others.

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Stonewall Riots Anniversary (June 27)

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States.

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Nonbinary Awareness Week (Week of July 14) &

Nonbinary People's Awareness Day (July 14)

Nonbinary Awareness Week is dedicated to those who do not fit within the traditional gender binary, i.e. those who do not exclusively identify as a man or a woman, or who may identify as both a man and a woman, or may fall outside of these categories altogether. The week encompasses Nonbinary People's Awareness Day, which celebrates and brings visibility to people who are non-binary in the LGBTQ+ community.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_awareness_periods

International Drag Day (July 16)

International Drag Day is to celebrate the greatness and wonder that is Drag Artists from every corner of the planet. Created by Adam Stewart in 2009, International Drag Day was set up to give Drag Artists a well-deserved chance to shine and be celebrated for everything they give to gay life and culture.

Source: https://www.cod.edu/student_life/resources/lgbtq/awareness.aspx


Bisexual Awareness Week (September 16-22) &

Bisexuality Day (September 23)

Bisexual Awareness Week occurs the week before Bisexuality Day, which is observed on September 23, by members of the bisexual community and their supporters. This day is a call for the bisexual community, their friends, and their supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives. First observed in 1999, Celebrate Bisexuality Day is the brainchild of three United States bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas.

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LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11. In the United Kingdom, it is observed during February, to coincide with a major celebration of the 2005 abolition of Section 28.

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International Lesbian Day (October 8)

International Lesbian Day, held on October 8, is a day for lesbians the world over to come together to celebrate lesbian herstory, diversity, and also culture. Recognized annually, the day gives an opportunity for women, families, and friends to connect, celebrate and also raise awareness about the importance of community. Although the exact origin of the day remains uncertain, it almost certainly began in Australia/New Zealand. Some say the day began in 1980 when a Lesbian Day March was held in New Zealand.

Source: https://qnews.com.au/why-you-should-celebrate-on-international-lesbian-day/

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as a gender or sexual minority. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies on October 11. NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

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International Pronouns Day (Third Wednesday in October)

International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity, but many transgender and gender-nonconforming people are regularly called by the wrong pronouns, which fuels marginalization, invisibility, and far too often violence. This isn't about being politically correct, or one-sided. It's real, tangible suicide prevention for our youth, and actively extending safety to everyone. Marginalization and invisibility exist in the same terrible landscape as stigma and discrimination, and together they contribute to poor health outcomes that put people at risk. International Pronouns Day seeks to take one small yet important step to build awareness and action about the protective and positive outcomes of using pronouns that individuals determine for themselves

Source: https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/10/17/why-we-created-international-pronouns-day

Spirit Day (Third Thursday in October)

In early October 2010, Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan promulgated the observance of a new commemoration called Spirit Day, the first observance of which took place on October 20, 2010; it now however takes place on the third Thursday of October. On this day people wear the color purple to show support for LGBTQIA+ youth who are victims of bullying. Promoted by GLAAD, many Hollywood celebrities wore purple on this day to show their support of this cause, and many websites added a prominent purple shade to their design. The name Spirit Day comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag, whose creator Gilbert Baker defined it as "representing 'spirit'”. The observance was inaugurated in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010, including that of Tyler Clementi. More than 1.6 million Facebook users signed up for the event globally.

Source: https://www.cod.edu/student_life/resources/lgbtq/awareness.aspx

Intersex Awareness Day (October 26)

Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex people. The event marks the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. On October 26, 1996, intersex activists from Intersex Society of North America (carrying the sign "Hermaphrodites With Attitude") and allies from Transexual Menace demonstrated in Boston, outside the venue where the American Academy of Pediatrics was holding its annual conference. Intersex Awareness Day is an international day of grass-roots action to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital cosmetic surgeries on intersex children.

Source: https://www.cod.edu/student_life/resources/lgbtq/awareness.aspx

Ace Week (Last full week of October)

Ace Week, formerly Asexual Awareness Week, is an international campaign dedicated to raising awareness and expanding education of asexuality.

The week gives all of us an opportunity to celebrate how far our community has come and to dream about the future we will create together.

Source: https://www.aceweek.org/


Trans Parent Day (First Sunday in November)

First established in 2009, Trans Parent Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday in November as a day to celebrate life and the love between transgender parents and their children and transgender children and their parents.

Source: https://arcuslgbt.com/2020/11/01/trans-parent-day/

Intersex Day of Remembrance & Solidarity Day (November 8)

A day designed to raise awareness of the issues faced by intersex people. It marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person. The event began as Intersex Solidarity Day, following an invitation issued by Joëlle-Circé Laramée, the then Canadian spokeswoman for Organization Intersex International.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_awareness_periods

Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19)

Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)

Transgender Awareness Week is the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) and is a week to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people, and the issues associated with their transition and/or identity. TDOR, which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

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World AlDS Day (December 1)

World AIDS Day, observed on December 1 of every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

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