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Bisexual Awareness Week

Started by GLAAD & BiNet USA, this Week seeks to accelerate acceptance of bisexual experiences, while also celebrating the resiliency of, the bisexual community. Throughout #BiWeek, allies and bisexual people learn about the history, culture, community, and current policy priorities of bisexual communities.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Also referred to as Bisexual Pride Day, and Bisexual Visibility Day.This day has been marked each year since 1999 to celebrate the bisexual community and to highlight biphobia. Started by the coordinators at BiNet USA, this day is intended to celebrating and respecting the bisexual community as well as recognizing the ongoing challenges and biphobia the community faces.

LGBT History Month

First celebrated in 1994, it was declared a national History month by President Barack Obama in 2009. LGBT 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. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT community

International Lesbian Day

International Lesbian Day celebrates lesbian culture, community and visibility.IDL dates back to New Zealand activism and is considered to be first celebrated on March 8th, 1980 by a group of 40 lesbians who marched through Wellington Park, New Zealand on International Women’s Day.International Lesbian Day is marked annual on October 8th because it’s exactly six months after International Women’s Day on March 8th.

International Coming Out Day

Started in 1988 by Rob Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in celebration of the second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on Oct. 11, 1987. In the 1980s, when many people did not know any openly LGBT2Q+ people, ignorance and silence allowed homophobia to persist. Coming out was a form of activism and it was believed that when people realised they knew someone who was LGBT2Q+, they would be far more likely to support equality under the law.Each year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT2Q+ individuals to live openly.It should be noted that modern LGBT2Q+ activists believe that the idea of "coming out" reinforces a view that heterosexuality is the norm. "Coming out" implicitly announces — to LGBTQ individuals, allies and enemies — that queer people are aberrant. There has additionally been growing acknowledgement that for many members of our Queer community, this places undue pressure on folks who are not in a safe country or circumstances to ‘come out’.

Asexual Awareness Week

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 our community and our allies around the world.

International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day began in 2018 and 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. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Spirit Day (Anti-Bullying)

Spirit Day was first established in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan. It was created in response to a series of bullying related suicides of LGBT2Q+ students in 2010. This day encourages everyone to speak out against LGBT2Q bullying and standing with LGBT2Q youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. On this day, supporters wear purple as a way to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to honour LGBT2Q+ victims of suicide.The name “Spirit Day” comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag which represents ‘spirit’.

Intersex Awareness Day

Celebrated in October to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Boston, MA outside the annual American Academy of Pediatrics conference in 1996. This day was first established in 2003 by Emi Koyoma and Betsy Driver, as a way to raise awareness and a day of action to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital cosmetic surgeries on intersex children.

Trans Parent Day

This day was first established in 2009 and is a day to celebrate and honour transgender parents instead of the traditional Mother’s or Father’s Day. Today the day also includes parents who have transgender children. This day typically involves small celebrations and gift-giving to one’s parent or caregiver.

Transgender Awareness Week

Dedicated to increasing visibility and awareness of the transgender community.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was set aside to memorialize those who have been lost due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The first candlelight vigil occurred in 1999.
TDOR provides us all an opportunity to publicly mourn and honor the trans lives lost in our community over the past year, in addition to helping raise awareness about hate crimes that the trans community experience daily.

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