LGBTI observance days

The European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) is the network of European lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Pride organisations

There are several days in the annual calendar when the LGBTI community and their allies come together to focus on one section of the community, to raise awareness, remember those who’ve gone before, and challenge hatred and discrimination.

  • 27 January: Holocaust Memorial Day
  • February (whole month): LGBT History Month (UK)
  • February (the week after Valentine’s Day): Aromantic Awareness Week
  • 8 March: International Women’s Day
  • 31 March: Trans Day of Visibility
  • 20-26 April: Lesbian Visibility Week
  • 26 April: Lesbian Visibility Day
  • 3 May: International Family Equality Day
  • 15-22 May: European HIV & Hepatitis Testing Week
  • 17 May: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT / IDAHOT)
  • 22 May: Harvey Milk Day
  • 24 May: Pansexual & Panromantic Visibility Day
  • 30 May: Anniversary of the Admiral Duncan bombing (UK) (1999)
  • 12 June: Anniversary of the Orlando Pulse attack (USA) (2016)
  • 27 June: Anniversary of the uprising at the Stonewall Inn (1969)
  • 14 July: International Non-Binary Day
  • 16 July: International Drag Day
  • 28 July: World Hepatitis Day
  • 23 September: Bi Visibility Day
  • October (whole month): LGBT History Month (USA)
  • October (third Wednesday): International Pronouns Day
  • October (week varies): Asexuality Awareness Week
  • 8 October: International Lesbian Day
  • 11 October: Coming Out Day
  • 16 October: Spirit Day
  • 26 October: Intersex Awareness Day
  • November (first Sunday): Trans Parent Day
  • November (second week): Trans Awareness Week
  • 8 November: Intersex Day of Remembrance
  • 20 November: Trans Day of Remembrance
  • 27 November: Assassination of Harvey Milk (1978)
  • 1 December: World AIDS Day
  • 8 December: Pansexual Pride Day
  • 10 December: Human Rights Day

Some other dates are relevant to organisers of Pride events. Most of these are official United Nations observance days, a full list of which can be found here.

  • 1 March: UN Zero Discrimination Day
  • 16 March: Disabled Access Day
  • 20 March: International Day of Happiness
  • 21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 24 March: International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
  • 7 April: World Health Day
  • 15 May: International Day of Families
  • 1 June: Global Day of Parents
  • 20 June: World Refugee Day
  • 30 July: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
  • 9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
  • 12 August: International Youth Day
  • 19 August: World Humanitarian Day
  • 21 August: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
  • 5 September: International Day of Charity
  • 1 October: International Day of Older Persons
  • 10 October: World Mental Health Day
  • 16 November: International Day for Tolerance
  • 25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • 3 December: International Day of People with Disabilities
  • 5 December: International Volunteers Day
  • 18 December: International Migrants Day
  • 20 December: International Human Solidarity Day

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