Important dates and events in the life of the LGBTQ+ and Christian Communities.
01 January 2023 (Sunday)
New Year’s Day
Happy New Year! Whatever you resolve today, may you have a blessed year living into a life of joy and abundance in Christ—sex included!
06 January 2023 (Friday)
The Feast of the Epiphany
Christmas officially ends in the liturgical calendar with the Feast of the Epiphany on 06 January every year. Also known as Día de los Tres Reyes (“Day of the Three Kings” in Latin-derived cultures), this feast commemorates the visit of the three Magi to the Christ child, bearing gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh.
12 January 2023 (Thursday)
Aelred of Rieveaulx, Abbot and Theologian, 1167
Aelred of Riveaulx has been claimed by many queer Christians as a patron saint. He was a wildly popular abbot (head of a monastery) in England where he wrote about the benefits of spiritual friendship, primarily among men. I sometimes question his appropriateness as a queer saint because of his habit of dunking himself in ice water to overcome his passions for the men with whom he had or wanted to have a particular friendship. Nevertheless, I recommend his works Spiritual Friendship and The Mirror of Charity (Love) which have important things to say about the nature of love and friendship and their usefulness on the spiritual journey of life.
16 January 2023 (Monday)
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
18 January 2023 (Wednesday)
First Day of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually around Pentecost in the Southern Hemisphere and between 18-25 January in the Northern Hemisphere. From Countdown to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: inspiring resources accessible to all | World Council of Churches (oikoumene.org).
27 January 2023 (Friday)
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
For more information visit International Holocaust Remembrance Day (unesco.org).
National Black History Month
07 February 2023 (Tuesday)
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is observed annually on February 7 to increase awareness, spark conversations, and highlight the work being done to reduce HIV in Black or African American communities in the United States and show support for people with HIV in these communities. – from the CDC website at cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nbhaad.html.
14 February 2023 (Tuesday)
20 February 2023 (Monday)
22 February 2023 (Wednesday)
28 February 2023 (Tuesday)
HIV Is Not A Crime Awareness Day
February 28 is HIV is Not a Crime Awareness Day, which was first observed in 2022 by the Sero Project in collaboration with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. This awareness day is an opportunity to amplify the voices of those who have been criminalized based on their HIV status.
Living with HIV is not a crime, but in more than 30 U.S. states, people are being imprisoned due to their HIV status. HIV criminalization laws consist of using a person’s positive HIV status in a criminal prosecution, increasing charges or punishments because the person has HIV.
Women’s History Month
08 March 2023 (Wednesday)
International Women’s Day (IWD)
10 March 2003 (Friday)
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
14 March 2023 (Tuesday)
National Affirming/PIE Day (Canada)
National Affirming/PIE Day was co-founded by Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble and Affirming Connections to set aside a special day every year to celebrate the full inclusion of LGBTQ2SIA+ people in faith communities and beyond! This day also reminds and challenges us to continue widening our welcome and using the concepts of PIE Day to embody love and celebrate gender and sexual diversity in all its forms. PIE stands for “public, intentional, and explicit” and encourages faith communities to be all three. For more information, visit pieday.ca.
17 March 2023 (Friday)
St. Patrick’s Day
20 March 2023 (Monday)
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
#NNHAAD (first day of spring)
31 March 2023 (Friday)
International Trans Day of Visibility
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. Source; Wikipedia.
06 April 2023 (Thursday)
National Tartan Day
OK, this one slipped in because your host thinks tartans are sexy.
09 April 2023 (Sunday)
10 April 2023 (Monday)
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
18 April 2023 (Tuesday)
National Transgender HIV Testing Day
26 April 2023 (Wednesday)
Lesbian Visibility Day
National Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). For more information check out asianpacificheritage.gov.
International Masturbation Month
We really didn’t know this was a thing. But, hey!
04 May 2023 (Thursday)
National Day of Prayer
14 May 2023 (Sunday)
16 May 2023 (Tuesday)
National Honor Our LGBTQ+ Elders Day
National Honor Our LGBTQ+ Elders Day celebrates and reveres the pioneers in our movement who have been at the forefront of our activism for dignity and equality.
17 May 2023 (Wednesday)
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (which started in Quebec) is celebrated worldwide on 17 May, the day that the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1990. For more information, visit the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at en.may17mai.com. #IDAHOBIT
18 May 2023 (Thursday)
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
Although tremendous progress has been made over the past several decades in HIV treatment and prevention, the development of a safe, effective, and durably protective vaccine to prevent HIV infection has, unfortunately, remained elusive. On this commemorative day, the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) acknowledges the disappointments of the past while optimistically looking ahead to what’s next in HIV vaccine development. #HVAD
Today the Church remembers the bodily return of Jesus into the heart of the divine, taking our humanity with him, in preparation for the sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
19 May 2023 (Friday)
Agender Pride Day
Agender Pride Day is celebrated on the 19th of May each year to raise awareness of and celebrate agender individuals.
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
22 May 2023 (Monday)
Harvey Milk Day (California)
24 May 2023 (Wednesday)
Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day
28 May 2023 (Sunday)
Happy birthday of the church! Pentecost commemorates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus.
29 May 2023 (Monday)
Today, we remember those killed as a result of war. (On Veterans Day, we will remember all who served.) Let us also remember the many civilian casualties of years past and those that will occur this very day in bloody conflicts all around the world. We vow to remember and celebrate their lives. Lord, have mercy.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month
From the Library of Congress: “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) 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. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” – loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/
04 June 2023 (Sunday)
Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of God being three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (or Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier). Although not necessarily a Biblical concept, this one-in-three-ness seems to be a universal concept in several of the major world religions.
05 June 2023 (Monday)
HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD)
June 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD). On June 5, 1981, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported the first five cases of what would become known as the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Find out more at hltsad.org.
08 June 2023 (Thursday)
The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Different Christian traditions understand this in various ways. Some hold that Christ is actually present in the bread and wine of communion. Some hold that this is a day to remember the gift of communion given to the people of Christ.
12 June 2023 (Monday)
Pulse Night of Remembrance
On 12 June 2016, a man armed with an assault rifle and a pistol murdered 49 people and injured 53 on Latin Night at the gay Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest instance of violence against LGBTQ people, and the largest act of mass terrorism since September 11, 2001. Pulse Night of Remembrance marks this tragedy. A physical memorial is planned at the site. For more information, visit the onePULSE Foundation.
18 June 2023 (Sunday)
On Father’s Day we remember and celebrate fathers of all orientations and genders, as well as those paternal influences in our lives (and in ourselves) we have found to be nurturing and generative.
19 June 2023 (Monday)
Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that enslaved people were free. While the day has been celebrated ever since, it was only recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.
21 June 2023 (Wednesday)
Today marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. What will you do with all that daylight this year?
25 June 2023 (Sunday)
NYC Gay Pride
27 June 2023 (Tuesday)
National HIV Testing Day
First observed on June 27, 1995, National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment. #HIVTestingDay
28 June 2023 (Wednesday)
Stonewall Riots Anniversary
Today is the 54th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which occurred 28 June 1969.
30 June 2023 (Friday)
Queer Youth of Faith Day
Queer Youth of Faith Day is a multi-faith celebration of LGBTQ+ youth established by Beloved Arise, a national organization dedicated to celebrating and empowering LGBTQIA+ youth of faith. Find out more at belovedarise.org/qyfday.
04 July 2023 (Tuesday)
09 July 2023 (Sunday)
First Day of Non-Binary Week
Non-Binary Week is celebrated the week (Sunday-Saturday) surrounding 14 July.
14 July 2023 (Friday)
International Non-Binary People’s Day
29 August 2023 (Tuesday)
National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Faith HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (#NFHAAD) is a day to engage faith communities to work together for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, treatment, care, and support, and to reduce and eliminate stigma and discrimination.
Bisexual Pride Month & Sexual Health Awareness Month
04 September 2023 (Monday)
World Sexual Health Day
Annually observed on 04 September since 2010, World Sexual Health Day (WSHD) is an awareness day managed by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), a global advocacy organization committed to promoting best practices in sexual health. Source: timeanddate.com/holidays/world/world-sexual-health-day.
10 September 2023 (Sunday)
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). The 10th of September each year focuses attention on the issue, reduces stigma and raises awareness among organizations, government, and the public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented. For more information see who.int/campaigns/world-suicide-prevention-day/2022.
15 September 2022 (Friday)
First Day of National Hispanic Heritage Month
This month is observed every year from 15 September to 15 October. For more info see hispanicheritagemonth.gov.
16 September 2023 (Saturday)
First Day of Bisexual Awareness Week
Bisexual Awareness Week, also known as #BiWeek, is an annual celebration held in September, from September 16 through the 23rd. It is an extension of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, held annually on September 23. The celebration promotes cultural acceptance of the bisexual community as well as attempts to create a platform for advocating bisexual rights. [Source: Wikipedia.com]
18 September 2023 (Monday)
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD). NHAAD brings attention to issues related to HIV among older Americans, including new infections among older adults and adults over 50 aging with HIV. For more information see cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nhaad.html.
23 September 2023 (Saturday)
Bi Visibility Day/International Bisexual Awareness Day
Every 23 September since 1999, Bi Visibility Day raises bi awareness and challenges bisexual and biromantic erasure. For more information see bivisibilityday.com.
27 September 2023 (Wednesday)
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) is observed each year on September 27 to raise awareness about the impact of HIV on gay and bisexual men in the United States. For more information see cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/ngmhaad.html.
National LGBTQ History Month
Founded in 1994 by former GLSEN Chapter leader Rodney Wilson with the support of many others, National LGBTQ History Month highlights leaders and events in American History of significance to LGBTQ people. Find out more—and maybe learn a little something—at glsen.org/lgbtq-history. #lgbthistorymonth #lgbtqhistorymonth
04 October 2023 (Wednesday)
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi may not have identified as LGBTQ but if you read his life story and his biography he is as Queer and spiritual as they come!
08 October 2023 (Sunday)
International Lesbian Day
09 October 2023 (Monday)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (formerly Columbus Day)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is the second Monday in October, the date on which many have traditionally celebrated Columbus Day. For decades, support has been growing to use this date to remember and celebrate the indigenous peoples whom Columbus disenfranchised, enslaved and killed in the name of God. Somebody owes somebody an apology.
10 October 2023 (Tuesday)
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote efforts to support mental health. Find out more at who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day. #WorldMentalHealthDay
11 October 2023 (Wednesday)
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) – 34th Anniversary
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is the annual commemoration of the March on Washington held 11 October 1987 to pressure President Ronald Reagan to address the AIDS crisis. Since then, NCOD has been a day for people who are comfortable (and some who aren’t) to “come out of the closet,” to announce to the world, a group of friends, their family or just themselves that they are identified with or a member of the LGBTQ community. Each year, HRC announces a theme. Read more about NCOD at the National Coming Out Day Page at Wikipedia.
Sex and the Gay Christian 3rd Anniversary
12 October 2023 (Thursday)
Martyrdom of Matthew Shepard
On this date in 1998, Matthew Shepard was martyred. Find out more at qspirit.net/matthew-shepard-gay-martyr.
15 October 2023 (Sunday)
National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
On the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, 15 October, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day is celebrated by organizations such as the Latino Coalition on AIDS and the Hispanic Federation in order to increase testing and make people aware of HIV prevention and treatment opportunities in Latinx communities.
18 October 2023 (Wednesday)
International Pronouns Day
International Pronouns Day is observed the third Wednesday of October each year “to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.” Find out more at pronounsday.org and mypronouns.org.
20 October 2023 (Friday)
International Spirit Day
Promoted by GLAAD, Spirit Day (#SpiritDay) is when people around the world wear purple to stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth on October 20th.
22 October 2023 (Sunday)
First Day of Ace Week (formerly Asexual Awareness Week)
Ace Week (formerly Asexual Awareness Week) is celebrated the last full week of October every year to promote awareness of individuals on the asexual spectrum. Find out more at aceweek.org.
26 October 2023 (Thursday)
Intersex Awareness Day
Intersex Awareness Day advocates for the rights of persons whose differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy are used as a reason for medical intervention to “assign” them a sex (either male or female) without the persons consent and regardless of whatever gender identity that person may be. This practice causes untold heartache, and it must stop. Find out more at interactadvocates.org, the website for InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth.
31 October 2023 (Tuesday)
Halloween has traditionally been the Queerest holiday celebrated by people of all walks of life. Avoid the ethnic and defamatory costumes, don’t drink too much, and have a good time!
National Native American Heritage Month
National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated November of every year. Find out more at nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov.
01 November 2023 (Wednesday)
All Saints’ Day
01 November is the day the liturgical Church recognizes all saints. We’d like to encourage you to not forget the Queer ones (as well as those who ought to be Christian saints but have been overlooked, suppressed or discounted)! To find out who they are or might have been check out QSpirit’s list of Queer Saints at qspirit.net/saints.
08 November 2023 (Wednesday)
Intersex Day of Remembrance (Intersex Solidarity Day)
The Intersex Day of Remembrance is celebrated on the birthday of Herculine Barbin.
11 November 2023 (Saturday)
On Veteran’s Day let us remember Queer veterans, especially those who served before they could be open and honest about who they were.
Originally Bachelors’ Day, Singles’ Day is celebrated in China on the 11th of every November as a time when unmarried people treat themselves to presents. It has become the largest online shopping day in the world. Find out more at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singles%27_Day.
13 November 2023 (Monday)
First day of Transgender Awareness Week
Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community.
19 November 2023 (Sunday)
International Men’s Day
On November 19 International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. We highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being. For more information, visit internationalmensday.com.
20 November 2023 (Monday)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Source: glaad.org/tdor.
23 November 2023 (Thursday)
25 November 2023 (Saturday)
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
For more information see un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day.
01 December 2023 (Friday)
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day (#WAD2021) occurs on 01 December each year to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
03 December 2023 (Sunday)
The First Sunday of Advent
06 December 2023 (Wednesday)
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
10 December 2023 (Sunday)
International Human Rights Day
13 December 2023 (Wednesday)
The Respect for Marriage Act (US)
On 13 December 2022, President Biden signed into law the Respect for Marriage Act, mandating federal recognition for same-sex and interracial marriages.
21 December 2023 (Thursday)
24 December 2023 (Sunday)
25 December 2023 (Monday)
31 December 2023 (Sunday)
New Year’s Eve
Fast away the old year passes… whatever 2023 held in store for you, may you be able to receive its blessings as well as its pains, and remember its joys as well as its sorrows. Be safe tonight. You are unique, and you are loved.
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