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Let’s all celebrate our gender fluidity!

weekend blog

As 2023 gets going, I thought it would be useful for my readers if I provided a list of some of the most important LGBTQ+++ internationally-recognised holidays and awareness periods with explanations off what is being celebrated. Now you can all put these into your diary so you too can celebrate our gender fluidity:

Name Date Year Started Notes
Agender Pride Day 19 May 2017 A day celebrated internationally[2][3] to promote awareness of agender individuals.[4]
Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week[5] 14 February, The week following (Sunday-Saturday)[6] 2014 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.”[7]) and the issues they face.[8] This week was first recognized from 10 to 17 November 2014, under the name Aromantic Awareness Week. In 2015, it was moved to late February and the name was changed to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week, to be more inclusive of all arospec identities.[9]
International Asexuality Day 6 April 2021 IAD is a coordinated worldwide campaign promoting the ace umbrella, including demisexualgrey-asexual and other ace identities.[10][11][12]The four themes of IAD are Advocacy, Celebration, Education and Solidarity.[13]
Ace Week Last full week in October 2010 Week to promote awareness of those on the asexual spectrum.[14] It was founded by Sara Beth Brooks in 2010.[15][16]
Bisexual Awareness Week 16-22 September 2014 Also referred to as BiWeek and Bisexual+ Awareness Week.[17]
Celebrate Bisexuality Day 23 September 1999 Also referred to as Bisexual Pride Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride, and Bi Visibility Day.[18]
Genderfluid Visibility Week 17-24 October 2021 Also referred to as Genderfluid Week, Fluid Week[19] or Genderfluid Awareness Week.[20]
Drag Day 16 July 2009 A day that aims to celebrate and recognize the drag art all around the world.[21] Created by Adam Stewart[22] in 2009 through his Facebook fan page[23] for drag queens.[24]
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 17 May 2005 The main purpose of the 17 May mobilizations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, abuse, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide.
International Day of Pink The second Wednesday in April 2007 The International Day of Pink is a worldwide anti-bullying and anti-homophobia event[25] where participants are encouraged to wear or display a pink shirt, echoing a mass gesture of solidarity with a student subjected to homophobic bullying in Cambridge, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007.
Intersex Awareness Day 26 October 1996 Celebrated in October to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Boston, Massachusetts.[26]
Intersex Day of Remembrance 8 November[27] 2005 A day designed to raise awareness of the issues faced by intersex people. It marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person. The event began as Intersex Solidarity Day, following an invitation issued by Joëlle-Circé Laramée, the then Canadian spokeswoman for Organization Intersex International.[28]
Lesbian Day[29] 8 October 1980 (NZ) or 1990 (Aus)[30] An annual day celebrating lesbian culture that originated in New Zealand and Australia,[31] but is now celebrated internationally.[32]
Lesbian Visibility Day 26 April 2008 Annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbians.[33][34][35]
National Coming Out Day 11 October 1988[36] A day to celebrate the act of “coming out“, i.e. when an LGBT person decides to publicly share their gender identities or sexual orientation.[37] National Coming out Day was founded in the United States by gay rights activists Robert Eichberg and Jean O’ Leary on 1988 in Washington, DCUnited States. By 1990 it was being celebrated in all 50 states.[38] Although still named “National Coming Out Day”, it is currently observed around the world, in countries such as Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Australia also on 11 October, and in the United Kingdom on 12 October.
Non-Binary Awareness Week The week, starting Sunday[39]/Monday,[40] surrounding 14 July 2020[41][42] A week dedicated to those who do not fit within the traditional gender binary,[43] i.e. those who do not exclusively identify as a man or a woman, or who may identify as both a man and a woman, or may fall outside of these categories altogether.[44] Promoted on Twitter as @NBWeek.[45]
Non-Binary People’s Day 14 July 2012 An annual day to celebrate and bring visibility to people who are non-binary in the LGBT+ community. The date is the precise midpoint between International Men’s Day and International Women’s Day.[46]
Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day 24 May[47] 2015 An annual day to promote awareness of, and celebrate, pansexual and panromantic identities.
Pronouns Day The third Wednesday in October 2018 An annual event that seeks to make sharing, respecting and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.[48][49][50]
Trans Awareness Month November[51][52] 2017 A month to celebrate transgender and gender nonconforming communities and to raise awareness for this community through education and advocacy activities.
Trans Awareness Week 13-19 November[53] 2017 A week to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people, and the issues associated with their transition and/or identity.
Transgender Day of Remembrance 20 November 1999 Day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.
Trans Day of Visibility 31 March[54] 2009[55] A day to celebrate the trans community in a positive light, celebrating their lives and cultural achievements. This observance date was founded in 2009 by transgender activist Rachel Crandall (MichiganUnited States),[56] the head of Transgender Michigan,[57] as a reaction to the lack of a day celebrating transgender people.
Trans Parent Day The first Sunday in November[58] 2009[59] A day that celebrates life and the love between transgender parents and their children, and between parents and their transgender children.[60]
Zero Discrimination Day 1 March[61] 2014 United Nations (UN) recognized day[62] promoting equality before the law, and in practice, throughout all of the member countries of the UN. This day was first celebrated by the UN on 1 March 2014, launch as part of the previous year’s Zero Discrimination campaign run by UNAIDS on World AIDS Day (1 December 2013).[63]

5 comments to Let’s all celebrate our gender fluidity!

  • Dave H

    Seems all the bases are well covered there , thank goodness !

  • Cogent_one

    Oh Dear!

    There are no spaces available to ‘celebrate’ National Normality and Sanity Day, then?

  • A Thorpe

    Shopping is going to be a nightmare. Waitrose will be celebrating all of them. Is the Coming Out Day a mistake? Isn’t that when the next lockdown ends.

  • Ed P

    Once the relatively few nutters and mental-defectives in the country were given a sniff of publicity, a lot more emerged from their hiding places. Who expected that?
    Now they have seized control of the mainstream media, social and newsy, we’re stuck with this nonsense forever.
    I therefore propose ‘National Ordinary Day (NOD) for the 98% or so who do not fit in any of those crazy categories.

  • loppoman

    There’s no hope for this country.

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