List of LGBT awareness periods
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The following is a list of notable LGBT awareness periods. There are many awareness days, weeks and months that focus on LGBT matters.
|Asexual Awareness Week||final week of October||2011||Celebrated to spread awareness of asexuality, aromanticism, and the spectrum surrounding both.|
|Celebrate Bisexuality Day||September 23||1999||Also referred to as Bisexual Pride Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride, and Bi Visibility Day.|
|Bisexual Awareness Week||Week surrounding 23 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.|
|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-LGBTQ bias|
|Harvey Milk Day||May 22||2010||Celebrated to honor Harvey Milk, assassinated politician, on his birthday, it is celebrated officially in California, Milk's home state.|
|Holocaust Remembrance Day||January 27||1953||Day to remember all of the victims of the Nazi era; see persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.|
|Human Rights Day||December 10|
|International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia||May 17||2005||The main purpose of the 17 May mobilizations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, abuse, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide.|
|International Non-Binary People's Day||July 14||2012||Date chosen due to being between International Men's Day and International Women's day.|
|International Stand Up to Bullying Day||Third Friday of November and last Friday of February|
|International Transgender Day of Visibility||March 31||2009||Celebrated to bring awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those that helped fight for rights for transgender people.|
|Intersex Awareness Day||October 26||1996||Celebrated in October to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Boston, MA|
|Intersex Day of Remembrance (Intersex Solidarity Day)||November 8||Marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin.|
|Irish Marriage Referendum||May 22||2015||Ireland became the first country to legalize marriage equality through plebiscite on this day|
|Lesbian Visibility Day||April 26||2008||Annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbians.|
|LGBT History Month (USA)||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|
|LGBT Pride Month||June||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||October 11||1988|
|Pulse Night of Remembrance||June 12||2017||Annual day of US remembrance for the loss of 49 people in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida on 12 June 2016.|
|Pansexual Pride Day||December 8||2010|
|Spirit Day||Third Thursday in October|
|Stonewall Riots Anniversary||June 28||To remember the Stonewall Riots that 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, and the trans woman of color Marsha P. Johnson who threw the first brick.|
|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.|
|Transgender Awareness Week||Typically second week of November||The purpose is to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity.|
|Transgender Day of Remembrance||November 20||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||December 1||1988||Recognized in 1988 by the United Nations|
|Zero Discrimination Day||March 1||2014||"#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". 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 on e.g. the gender continuum.|
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- "Calling for an International Non-Binary Gender Day". Fierce Femme's Black Market. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
- Carreras, Jessica. "Transgender Day of Visibility plans erupt locally, nationwide". PrideSource. Archived from the original on 2013-03-27.
- "Intersex Awareness Day marked around the world". Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
- "Lesbian campaigners tell us what Lesbian Visibility Day means to them". PinkNews. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
- "Did You Know It's Lesbian Visibility Day? - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
- "Lesbian visibility matters". Stonewall. 2017-04-26. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
- "Presidential Proclamation -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014". The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "National Coming Out Day". HRC.org. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "(Heartbreaking images from the one year anniversary vigil at Pulse nightclub in Orlando)".Mother Jones. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "About #SpiritDay". GLAAD. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
- "The Stonewall Riots - 1969". Socialistalternative.org. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
- "The Stonewall Riot - Jun 28, 1969 - HISTORY.com". HISTORY.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
- "Zero Discrimination Day". World Health Organization.
- "International Days". www.un.org.
- "Zero Discrimination Day 2017 - UNAIDS". www.unaids.org.
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services Office at Indiana University
- Intersex Awareness Day
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