Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs

International LGBTQA+ Dates to Know

June

LGBTQA+ Pride Month (U.S.)

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 made legal in the United States in 2015. 

For more information about LGBT Pride Month visit: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt/about.html

Stonewall  Riots Anniversary- June 28th 

For more information about the Stonewall Riots visit: http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/stonewall-films-to-watch/

September

Celebrate Bisexuality Day- September 23rd & Bisexual Awareness Week- (Begins Sunday before Bisexuality Day)

Celebrate Bisexuality Day is celebrated every year on September 23rd, since 1999!

For more information about Celebrate Bisexuality Day & Bisexual Awareness Week visit: http://www.bisexualweek.com/about/ 

October

LGBT History Month (U.S.)

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. 

For more information about LGBT History Month visit: http://www.lgbthistorymonth.com/

National Coming Out Day- October 11th

National coming out day celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people's coming out experiences and journeys . 

In 1988 on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the first National Coming Out Day was observed as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. 

For more information about National Coming Out Day visit: http://www.hrc.org/resources/the-history-of-coming-out

Spirit Day- October 20th, 2016

Millions go purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag. 

For more information on Spirit Day visit: http://www.glaad.org/spiritday

#spiritday 

Intersex Awareness Day- October 26th 

Celebrated in October to commemorate the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. The demonstration took place on October 26th, 1996 in Boston, MA outside a conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

For more information about Intersex Awareness Day visit: http://intersexday.org/en/intersex-awareness-day/

Asexual Awareness Week- (October 22nd-28th 2017)

Asexual Awareness Week is an international campaign that seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to the asexual community and allies around the world. 

For more information about Asexual Awareness Week visit: http://www.asexualawarenessweek.com/index.html

For more information about Asexuality visit the Asexuality Visibility & Education Network (AVEN): http://www.asexuality.org/home/

November 

Intersex Solidarity Day- November 8th 

Also known as Intersex Day of Remembrance, marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a now famous French intersex person. 

International Transgender Day of Remembrance- November 20th 

Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. 

For more information about ITDOR visit: https://tdor.info/about-2/ or http://www.glaad.org/tdor

December 

World AIDS Day- December 1st

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. 

For more information about World AIDS Day visit: http://www.worldaidsday.org/about

March 

International Transgender Day of Visibility- March 31st

TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike This is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition trans people deserve. 

For more information about TDOV visit: http://www.transstudent.org/tdov

April

Day of Silence- April 15, 2016 (day varies from year to year)

The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of ant-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those percieved to be LGBT.

For more information about day of Silence visit: http://www.dayofsilence.org/

Lesbian Visibility Day- April 26th

May

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia- May 17th  

This day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision-makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms. 

This day was created in 2004 and in under a decade May 17th has established itself the single most important date for LGBTI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale and is now celebrated in more than 130 countries. 

For more information visit: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/

Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day- May 24th

For more information visit: http://thepancommunity.tumblr.com/faq