Special Occasions

Special Occasions:

No Name Calling Week: A week in January dedicated to combating LGBT bullying and harassment of all kinds.

Transgender Day of Visibility: March 31 – 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 Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve!

Day of Silence: On the National Day of Silence (April 19) hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia May 17: was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.

Harvey Milk Day: May 22 – Events and lesson plans are being created nationwide to honor slain gay civil rights hero Harvey Milk.

Pride Month: LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year during the month of June. The last Sunday in June is celebrated as Pride Day.

Anniversary of Stonewall Riots: June 28 – The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Celebration of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is called Stonewall Day.

National Coming Out Day: an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters on October 1 every year. NCOD founders Dr. Rob Eichberg and Jean O’Leary encouraged all people, of all sexual orientations, to “take your next step” in living openly and powerfully on October 11th.

LGBT History Month: LGBT History Month in October highlights annually the achievements of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender icons.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: The Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

World AIDS Day – World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988,is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

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