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January #

National Mentoring Month
A campaign run throughout January by MENTOR and MENTOR Affiliates across the country. Launched in 2002, the campaign aims to unify and expand the mentoring movement, celebrate the power of relationships, and raise awareness around the importance of youth mentoring in the United States.
No Name-Calling Week
GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, (NNCW) is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools. It is held the third week in January.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, or the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, is an international memorial day on 27 January that commemorates the victims of the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities between 1933 and 1945 by Nazi Germany, an attempt to implement their “final solution” to the Jewish question.

February #

Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week
The week following February 14th (Sunday – Saturday) is dedicated to promote information and awareness about Aromantic spectrum identities and the issues they face.
World Day of Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice is an international day recognizing the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections.

March #

Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Bi+ Health Awareness Month
Bisexual+ Health Awareness Month (#BiHealthMonth), led annually in March by the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), raises awareness about the bisexual+ (bi, pansexual, fluid, queer, etc.) community’s social, economic, and health disparities; advocates for resources; and inspires actions to improve bi+ people’s well-being.
Zero Discrimination Day
A United Nations recognized day (March 1st) promoting equality before the law, and in practice, throughout all of the member countries of the UN.
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 as a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws”, March 21, 1960.
Trans Day of Visibility
An annual event occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating Transgender individuals and raising awareness of discrimination faced by Transgender individuals worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society.

April #

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
An annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. It is observed in April. Each year during the month of April, state, territory, tribal and community-based organizations, rape crisis centers, government agencies, businesses, campuses and individuals plan events and activities to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Day of Silence
GLSEN, an American education organization, has an annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students. In the United States, students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students.
International Asexuality Day
A coordinated worldwide campaign on April 6th promoting the Ace umbrella.
National Transgender HIV Testing Day
National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) is observed each year on April 18 and recognizes the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness, and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts in people who are transgender or gender nonbinary.
Earth Day
Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.
Lesbian Visibility Day
April 26th, an annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to Lesbians.

May #

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Jewish American Heritage Month
May is Jewish American Heritage Month – On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Rep.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia
The main purpose of the May 17th mobilization is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, abuse, and repression of LGBTQIA2S+ communities worldwide.
World AIDS Vaccine Day
World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed annually on May 18. HIV vaccine advocates mark the day by promoting the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS.
Agender Pride Day
Celebrated on the 19th of May internationally to promote awareness of Agender individuals.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a United Nations–sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of diversity and dialogue issues. It is currently celebrated on May 21.
Harvey Milk Day
Harvey Milk Day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated each year on May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who was assassinated in 1978.
Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day
May 24th is an annual day to promote awareness of, and celebrate, Pansexual and Panromantic identities.

June #

LGBTQIA2S+ Pride Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
Pulse Night of Remembrance
Pulse Night of Remembrance is an annual commemoration day held in the U.S. on June 12 every year. On this day in 2016, a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killed 49 people and injured 53 others.
Juneteenth
Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of General Order No. 3 by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas, the last Southern state.
Anniversary of the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalized it in all fifty states, and required states to honor out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses in the case Obergefell v.
National HIV Testing Day
June 27th is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment.
Stonewall Riots Anniversary
The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City.

July #

Disability Pride Month
Disability Pride Month occurs in the United States every July to commemorate the passing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July 1990.
Non-Binary Awareness Week
The week, starting Sunday/Monday, surrounding 14 July is dedicated to those who do not fit within the traditional gender binary.
Drag Day
July 16th aims to celebrate and recognize the drag art all around the world.

August #

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
Women's Equality Day
Celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

September #

Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15-October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin America, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
International Day of Democracy
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy—with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy—and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.
Bisexual Awareness Week
From September 16th - 22nd is dedicated to promote awareness of Bisexual identities and the issues they face.
Celebrate Bisexuality Day
September 23rd is also referred to as Bisexual Pride Day, wrapping up Bisexual Awareness Week.
Ally Week
A national youth-led effort encouraging students to be allies with the LGBTQIA2S+ members of their community in standing against bullying, harassment and name-calling. It takes place in K-12 schools and colleges during the last week of September.

October #

LGBTQIA2S+ History Month
From October 1st through the 31st, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
Filipino American History Month
Filipino American History Month is celebrated annually in October, commemorating the arrival of the first Filipinos in modern-day Morro Bay, California.
National Bullying Prevention Month
October was first declared as National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge that bullying has devastating effects on children and families such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues.
Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mental Illness Awareness Week was established in the U.S. in 1990 recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October.
Lesbian Day
An annual day celebrating Lesbian culture that originated in New Zealand and Australia, but is now celebrated internationally on October 8th.
World Mental Health Day
An international day (October 10th) for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
National Coming Out Day
An annual LGBTQIA2S+ awareness day observed on October 11, to support individuals in “coming out of the closet”.
Pronouns Day
The third Wednesday in October is an annual event that seeks to make sharing, respecting and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.
Genderfluid Visibility Week
From October 17th – 24th is dedicated to promote awareness of Genderfluid identities and the issues they face.
Spirit Day
An annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October. Started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan, it was initially created in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010
Asexual Awareness Week
The last full week in October is dedicated to promote awareness of those on the Asexual spectrum.
Intersex Awareness Day
Celebrated on October 26th to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Boston, Massachusetts.

November #

Native American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month.
Trans Awareness Month
November is the 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 celebrates life and the love between Transgender parents and their children, and between parents and their Transgender children.
Intersex Day of Remembrance
On November 8th, this day raises awareness of the issues faced by Intersex people.
Trans Day of Remembrance
An annual observance on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender individuals.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The call was initiated by the Latin American feminist movement in 1981, commemorating the date on which the three Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and María Teresa) were murdered in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

December #

World AIDS Day
Designated on 1 December every year since 1988, World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
An international observance on December 3rd, promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society.
National Pansexual & Panromantic Pride Day
On December 8th, we celebrate National Pansexual & Panromantic Pride Day, and the strides taken by the Pansexual and Panromantic community to be accepted and understood.
Human Rights Day
The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.


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Zero Discrimination Day
A United Nations recognized day (March 1st) promoting equality before the law, and in practice, throughout all of the member countries of the UN.
World Mental Health Day
An international day (October 10th) for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
World Day of Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice is an international day recognizing the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a United Nations–sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of diversity and dialogue issues. It is currently celebrated on May 21.
World AIDS Vaccine Day
World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed annually on May 18. HIV vaccine advocates mark the day by promoting the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS.
World AIDS Day
Designated on 1 December every year since 1988, World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Women's Equality Day
Celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.
Trans Parent Day
The first Sunday in November celebrates life and the love between Transgender parents and their children, and between parents and their Transgender children.
Trans Day of Visibility
An annual event occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating Transgender individuals and raising awareness of discrimination faced by Transgender individuals worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society.
Trans Day of Remembrance
An annual observance on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender individuals.
Trans Awareness Month
November is the month to celebrate Transgender and Gender Non-conforming communities and to raise awareness for this community through education and advocacy activities.
Stonewall Riots Anniversary
The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Spirit Day
An annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October. Started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan, it was initially created in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010