Important LGBTQ+ Dates

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Name When Celebrated/Observed Description
Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 Official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world. Website.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day February 7 A day to celebrate progress in HIV prevention, reduce HIV stigma, and encourage HIV testing and treatment among African American people.
Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Week of February 20-26 A week to promote information and awareness about aromantic spectrum identities (“a sexuality within the LGBTQIA+ community in which someone doesn't experience romantic attraction.") and the issues they face.
International Stand Up to Bullying Day (Feb) Last Friday of February  and third Friday of November 
A semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying.
Zero Discrimination Day March 1
Celebrated by UNAIDS, this day is observed join together against discrimination and inequality in health care, including fighting stigma regarding HIV/AIDS.
National Woman and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of HIV on women and girls. Website
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 20
Observed on the first day of Spring each year. A day to Spark conversations about HIV and reduce HIV stigma in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week Last Week of March
Observed to raise awareness about timely and relevant issues impacting LGBTQ health care. Website
International Transgender Day of Visibility March 31 Dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. Website.
Lesbian Visibility Day April 26
Celebrates lesbian role models and lesbian life, culture, and diversity.
International Asexuality Day April 6
IAD is a coordinated worldwide campaign promoting the ace umbrella, including demisexualgrey-asexual and other ace identities.
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day April 10
Observed to educate the public about the impact of HIV on young people. Website
National Transgender HIV Testing Day April 18
To recognize the ongoing impact of HIV on transgender communities and highlight the importance of regular HIV testing and access to HIV prevention and care services. Website
Day of Silence April 14 (changes every year, usually second Friday) A student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school. Website.
Lesbian Visibility Day April 26 A day for lesbians the world over to come together to celebrate lesbian history, diversity and culture.
International Family Equality Day (IFED) May 1 (first Sunday of May) Celebrates the diversity and equality of LGBT families. Website.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia May 17 Created to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people. Website.
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day May 18 A day to recognize the long quest to produce one of the holy grails of public health tools: an effective vaccine that could bring an end to HIV. Website
National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day May 19 Educates the public about the impact of HIV stigma among Asian and Pacific Islander people.
National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Hepatitis Testing Day  May 19 A day to highlight the impact of HIV in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities.
Agender Pride Day May 19 Celebrates agender identities.
Harvey Milk Day May 22
In memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and politican in California, assassinated in 1978.
Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day May 24
Promotes visibility and awareness of pansexual and panromantic identities.
Pulse Night of Remembrance June 12
Annual day of US remembrance for the loss of 49 people in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.
LGBTQ+ Equality Day June 26
The anniversary of multiple milestones in LGBTQ+ civil rights in America such as the removal of bans on sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), the finding of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor (2013) the legalization of same sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).
National HIV Testing Day June 27
A day observed to highlight the importance of HIV testing.
Stonewall Riots Anniversary June 28
To remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn, a catalyst of the LGBTQ movement in the United States.
U.S. LGBTQIA+ Pride Month June
June is celebrated as Pride Month in honor of the Stonewall Riots.
International Non-Binary People's Day July 14
Annual day celebrating the contributions of non-binary people and focusing on the issues affecting them.
International Drag Day July 16
A day that aims to celebrate and recognize the drag art all around the world
Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day August 20
Founded by the Southern AIDS Coalition, SHAAD is a day that calls attention to the disproportionate number of people living with HIV in the South. Website
National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day August 27
The observance is intended to engage faith communities to work together for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, treatment, care and support, and to reduce and eliminate stigma and discrimination. Website
Bisexual Awareness Week The Sunday before the 23rd of September
Promotes visibility of bisexuality, and culminates on Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
Celebrate Bisexuality Day September 23
Celebrates bisexual pride; also called Bi Visibility Day.
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day September 27
An observance day to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men
International Lesbian Day October 8
To celebrate lesbians and lesbian culture around the world.
National Coming Out Day October 11
Celebrates coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community, and pushes for environments in which people can safely come out.
National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day October 15 To increase awareness of the impact of HIV on the hispanic/latino population in the United States.

International Pronoun Day

October 17
Seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Website.

National LGBTQIA+ Center Awareness Day

October 19 Recognizes the work that LGBT centers have done.

Spirit Day

October 17
People wear purple to stand with LGBTQ youth and speak out against LGBTQ bullying.
Intersex Awareness Day October 26 Celebrated in October to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Boston, MA. Website.
Asexual Awareness Week Last week of October A campaign to educate about different asexual idenities and experiences. Website.
U.S. LGBTQIA+ History Month October Celebrates the achievements of great figures and important moments in LGBTQ history. Website.
Transgender Awareness Month November A month to celebrate transgender and gender non conforming communities and to raise awareness for this community through education and advocacy activities.
Trans Parent Day The first Sunday in November A day to celebrate and honor transgender parents instead of the Traditional Mother's or Father's Day.
Transgender Awareness Week Second week of November
The purpose is to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues. It leads up to Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Intersex Day of Remembrance (Intersex Solidarity Day) November 8 Observed to highlight issues faced by intersex people; marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin. Website.
Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20
Honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
International Stand Up to Bullying Day (Nov) Last Friday of February (23) and third Friday of November (16)
A semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying.
World AIDS Day December 1 Recognized by the UN, this day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Website.
Pansexual Pride Day December 8 Dedicated to celebrating pansexuality.
Human Rights Day December 10 Commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Website.

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