List of LGBT awareness periods

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The following is a list of notable LGBTQ+ awareness periods. There are many awareness days, weeks and months that focus on LGBTQ+ matters.[1]


Name Date Year Started Notes
Agender Pride Day 19 May Day to promote awareness of agender individuals[2]
Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week The first full week after 14 February 2014 Week to promote information and awareness about aromantic spectrum identities and the issues they face[3]
Asexual Awareness Week Last full week in October 2010 Week to promote awareness of those on the asexual spectrum[4]
Bisexual Awareness Week 16-22 September 2014 Also referred to as BiWeek, and Bisexual+ Awareness Week
Bisexual Health Awareness Month March 2014 Also referred to as #BiHealthMonth; celebrated to raise awareness about the bisexual+ community's social, economic, and health disparities, advocate for resources, and inspire actions to improve bi+ people's well-being[5]
Celebrate Bisexuality Day 23 September 1999 Also referred to as Bisexual Pride Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride, and Bi Visibility Day[6]
Day of Silence April 1996 Day varies from year to year; GLSEN's Day of Silence is an organizing tool to end the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bias.
Harvey Milk Day 22 May 2010 Celebrated to honor Harvey Milk, assassinated politician, on his birthday. It is celebrated officially in California, Milk's home state.[7]-
HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD) 5 June 2014 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.[1]
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 17 May 2005 The main purpose of the 17 May mobilizations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, abuse, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide.
International Lesbian Day 8 October 1990 Annual day which celebrates lesbian culture, mainly celebrated in New Zealand and Australia[8]
International Non-Binary People's Day 14 July 2012 Date chosen due to being between International Men's Day and International Women's Day[9]
International Pronouns Day Third Wednesday in October 2018 An annual event that seeks to make sharing, respecting and educating about personal pronouns commonplace
International Transgender Day of Visibility 31 March 2009[10] Celebrated to bring awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those who helped fight for rights for transgender people
Intersex Awareness Day 26 October 1996 Celebrated in October to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Boston, MA[11]
Intersex Day of Remembrance (Intersex Solidarity Day) 8 November Birthday of Herculine Barbin
Irish Marriage Referendum 22 May 2015 Ireland became the first country to legalize marriage equality through plebiscite on this day.
Lesbian Visibility Day 26 April 2008 Annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbians[12][13][14]
LGBT History Month (USA & Canada) October 1994 First celebrated in 1994 in October. It was declared a national History month by President Barack Obama in 2009. The month was created with the intent to encourage openness and education about LGBT history and rights.
LGBT History Month (UK) February 2005 Celebrated throughout February since 2005. Founded by Schools OUT UK - The LGBT+ Education Charity.
LGBT Pride Month June[15] June is celebrated as Pride in honor of the Stonewall Riots, though Pride events occur all year round. It also marks the month that same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States.
National Coming Out Day 11 October 1988[16]
Non-Binary Awareness Week Week surrounding 14th July, Sunday-Saturday[17] 2020 A week by, for, and about non-binary people, that includes celebrating non-binary people, non-binary advocacy, and educating and raising awareness about non-binary experiences and needs. Started by @NBWeek on Twitter.[18]
Nonbinary Awareness Week 12 July 2020 A week to spread awareness and visibility about nonbinary genders for both cis and binary trans communities. Started by Jay Genesis, gndrqr98 on Twitter.
Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day 24 May 2015 Annual day to promote awareness of and celebrate pansexual & panromantic identities.[1]
Pulse Night of Remembrance 12 June 2017 Annual day of US remembrance for the loss of 49 LGBT men and women in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL[19]
Spirit Day Third Thursday in October[20] 2010 Support for LGBTQ+ youth who are the victims of bullying, as well as to honor LGBTQ+ victims of bullying-related suicide.
Stonewall Riots Anniversary 28 June[21] Day to remember the Stonewall Riots which are described as the start of the Trans and Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. It's a day for people to remember the biracial lesbian and drag king Stormé DeLarverie whose scuffle with the police started the rebellion.[22]
Trans Parent Day First Sunday in November 2009 A day that celebrates life and the love between transgender parents and their children, and between parents and their transgender children.[23]
Transgender Awareness Week Typically second week of November Week to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity.
Transgender Day of Remembrance 20 November 1999 Day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia
Wear it Purple Day final Friday of August 2010 Awareness day especially for young people, based in Australia
World AIDS Day 1 December 1988 Recognized in 1988 by the United Nations
Zero Discrimination Day 1 March[24] 2014[24][25] "#ZeroDiscrimination Day is observed to bring awareness that you can't get sick from interacting with people who have AIDS, that everybody should have "access health care safely and live life fully with dignity". as per Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director".[26] The day is also used to bring attention to acceptance of non-straight fellow humans and not marginalise, discriminate or act cruelly against them, yet to instruct oneself, e.g. the gender continuum.

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  1. ^ a b Sadi, Emmanuel (18 May 2018). "Here's a full list of International LGBT awareness dates and what they represent". The Rustin Times. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ "About". Believe Out Loud. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week". Tumblr. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Asexual Awareness Week". Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  5. ^ "About". Bisexual Health Awareness Month. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  6. ^ "About". Bisexual Week. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  7. ^ Tran, Mark (13 October 2009). "Arnold Schwarzenegger signs law establishing Harvey Milk Day". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ "International Lesbian Day". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Calling for an International Non-Binary Gender Day". Fierce Femme's Black Market. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  10. ^ Carreras, Jessica. "Transgender Day of Visibility plans erupt locally, nationwide". PrideSource. Archived from the original on 27 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Intersex Awareness Day marked around the world". Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Lesbian campaigners tell us what Lesbian Visibility Day means to them". PinkNews. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Did You Know It's Lesbian Visibility Day? - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Lesbian visibility matters". Stonewall. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Presidential Proclamation – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014". The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  16. ^ "National Coming Out Day". Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Non-Binary Week". Ygender. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Non-Binary Week 2020". Activist Bookshelf. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  19. ^ "(Heartbreaking images from the one year anniversary vigil at Pulse nightclub in Orlando)".Mother Jones. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  20. ^ "About #SpiritDay". GLAAD. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  21. ^ "The Stonewall Riots - 1969". Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  22. ^ "The Stonewall Riot - Jun 28, 1969 -". Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  23. ^ Trans Parent Day
  24. ^ a b "Zero Discrimination Day". World Health Organization.
  25. ^ "International Days".
  26. ^ "Zero Discrimination Day 2017 - UNAIDS".

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