Important dates and events in the life of the LGBTQ+ and Christian Communities.
National Native American Heritage Month
National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated November of every year. Find out more at nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov.
01 November 2021 (Monday)
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 2021 (Monday)
Intersex Day of Remembrance (Intersex Solidarity Day)
Celebrated on the birthday of Herculine Barbin.
11 November 2021 (Thursday)
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 2021 (Saturday)
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 2021 (Friday)
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 2021 (Saturday)
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.
25 November 2021 (Thursday)
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
28 November 2020 (Sunday)
1st Sunday of Advent
End November 2021
01 December 2021 (Wednesday)
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day (#WAD2021) occurs on 01 December each year to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
05 December 2021 (Sunday)
2nd Sunday of Advent
06 December 2021 (Monday)
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
10 December 2021 (Friday)
Human Rights Day
12 December 2021 (Sunday)
3rd Sunday of Advent
19 December 2021 (Sunday)
4th Sunday of Advent
21 December 2021 (Tuesday)
25 December 2021 (Saturday)
31 December 2021 (Friday)
New Year’s Eve
End December 2021
01 January 2022 (Saturday)
New Year’s Day
06 January 2022 (Thursday)
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 2022 (Wednesday)
Aelred of Riveaulx, Abbot and Theologian, 1167
17 January 2022 (Monday)
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
27 January 2022 (Thursday)
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
For more information visit International Holocaust Remembrance Day (unesco.org).
End January 2022
01 February 2022 (Tuesday)
First Day of Black History Month
07 February 2022 (Monday)
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 2022 (Monday)
End February 2022
01 March 2022 (Tuesday)
First Day of Women’s History Month
02 March 2022 (Wednesday)
08 March 2022 (Tuesday)
International Women’s Day (IWD)
10 March 2022 (Thursday)
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NWGHAAD
17 March 2022 (Thursday)
St. Patrick’s Day
20 March 2022 (Sunday)
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NNHAAD (first day of spring)
31 March 2021 (Thursday)
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.
End March 2022
06 April 2022 (Wednesday)
National Tartan Day
OK, this one slipped in because your host thinks tartans are sexy.
10 April 2022 (Sunday)
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day #NYHAAD
17 April 2022 (Sunday)
18 April 2022 (Monday)
National Transgender HIV Testing Day #TransHIV
26 April 2022 (Tuesday)
Lesbian Visibility Day
End April 2022
01 May 2022 (Sunday)
First Day of 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.
First Day of International Masturbation Month
We really didn’t know this was a thing. But, hey!
06 May 2022 (Friday)
National Day of Prayer
08 May 2022 (Sunday)
17 May 2022 (Tuesday)
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
18 May 2022 (Wednesday)
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day #HVAD
19 May 2022 (Thursday)
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 #APIMay19
22 May 2022 (Sunday)
Harvey Milk Day (California)
24 May 2022 (Tuesday)
Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day
26 May 2022 (Thursday)
30 May 2022 (Monday)
End May 2022
June is Pride Month!
01 June 2022 (Wednesday)
First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
05 June 2022 (Sunday)
Happy birth of the church!
HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day #HLTSAD
12 June 2022 (Sunday)
Pulse Night of Remembrance
16 June 2022 (Thursday)
19 June 2022 (Sunday)
21 June 2022 (Tuesday)
27 June 2022 (Monday)
National HIV Testing Day #HIVTestingDay
28 June 2022 (Tuesday)
Stonewall Riots Anniversary
TBD – (Sunday)
NYC Gay Pride
End June 2022
04 July 2022 (Monday)
10 July 2022 (Sunday)
First Day of Non-Binary Week
Non-Binary Week is celebrated the week (Sunday-Saturday) surrounding 14 July.
14 July 2022 (Thursday)
International Non-Binary People’s Day
End July 2022
28 August 2022 (Sunday)
National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NFHAAD
On the last Sunday in August this day is observed.
End August 2022
September is Bisexual Pride Month!
01 September 2022 (Thursday)
First Day of Bisexual Pride Month
04 September 2022 (Sunday)
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.
05 September 2022 (Monday)
10 September 2022 (Thursday)
World Suicide Prevention Day
15 September 2022 (Thursday)
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 2022 (Friday)
First Day of Bisexual Awareness Week
18 September 2022 (Sunday)
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day #HIVandAging
23 September 2022 (Friday)
International Bisexual Awareness Day
27 September 2022 (Tuesday)
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NGMHAAD
End September 2022
01 October 2022 (Saturday)
First Day of 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 2022 (Tuesday)
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 2022 (Saturday)
International Lesbian Day
10 October 2022 (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.
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 2022 (Tuesday)
National Coming Out Day (NCOD)
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 2nd Anniversary
12 October 2022 (Wednesday)
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 2022 (Saturday)
National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
On the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, 15 October, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (#NLAAD2021) 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.
19 October 2022 (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.
21 October 2022 (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 21st.
23 October 2022 (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 2022 (Wednesday)
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 2022 (Monday)
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!
End October 2022
End November 2022
End December 2022
“Awareness Days.” HIV.gov.
“Calendar of LGBTQ Saints: A work in progress.” QSpirit. qspirit.net/calendar, accessed 14 Oct 2020 (12:05).
Calendarpedia. calendarpedia.com, accessed 24 Sep 2020 (11:00).
“List of LGBT Awareness Periods.” Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_awareness_periods, last accessed 14 Oct 2020 (11:58).
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