These significant pride days are all about celebrating, honouring and creating awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community – a community that is rich in diversity. LGBTQIA+ is a unifying umbrella term, although each letter does represent a more diverse group within the larger group.
Pride or gay pride is the notion that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Pride celebrates that diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered. Note that the word ‘pride’ is the antonym of the word ‘shame’ – which has been used as a tool to oppress LGBTQIA+ people all throughout history.
The modern pride movement began after The Stonewall Riots and consequent uprising. The uprising were a series of protests that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, between police and gay rights activists outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. As the riots progressed, an international gay rights movement was born. These catalysing riots are the reason Pride Month is celebrated annually in June. They’re also the reason the LGBT community have the equal rights they have today.
LGBT is an abbreviation that has evolved to the longer acronym LGBTQIA+ to be inclusive of a spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities. What each letter stands for and what each term means can vary from individual to individual.
Here’s a helpful little glossary on gender identity and sexuality terms:
- Agender: A person not having a gender or identifying with a gender. They may describe themselves as being gender neutral or genderless
- Asexual/ACE: A term for those who do not experience sexual attraction or do not have an interest in or desire for sex.
- Bisexual: People who are sexually and/or emotionally attracted to both men and women, or to more than one gender identity
- Cisgender: Applies to someone whose gender matches their “assigned” sex at birth (someone who is not transgender)
- Gay: Mostly used for men who are sexually and/or emotionally attracted to men. However, today “gay” can be used to refer to anyone who is attracted to their same sex or gender
- Genderfluid: Applies to a person whose gender identity changes over time
- Genderqueer: Similar to “non-binary”, identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders. Some people regard “queer” as offensive, others embrace it
- Intersex: Those who naturally have biological traits, such as genetic, hormonal or anatomical differences, that don’t fit the typical binaries of female or male
- Lesbian: A woman who is sexually and/or emotionally attracted to other women, though some women personally prefer the term “gay”
- LGBTQIA+: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual/ ACE or ally, plus anything else
- Non-binary: Applies to a person who does not identify as “male” or “female”
- Transgender: Applies to a person whose gender is different from their “assigned” sex at birth
- Pansexual: A person who is attracted to people of all genders. Many pansexual people describe themselves as being attracted to people based on personality, not gender
- Queer: The word was used in history as a discriminatory slur, but the term has been reclaimed by the LGBTQIA+ community. Queer is often used as a broad term for anyone who is not straight or not cisgender
- Questioning: Refers to someone questioning their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity so they are not quite sure how to identify themselves
- Ally: Someone who identifies as cisgender and straight but supports equality for LGBTQIA+ people.
And here’s a bit about pronouns…
In English, our most commonly used pronouns he and she specifically refer to a person’s sex and assumed gender. For many, these pronouns may not fit. They can create discomfort, and can cause stress, anxiety, depression and even suicide. If you don’t know someone’s pronoun, it’s always best to ask, and listen, to how a person refers to themself.
|Ze (or Zie)||Can also be spelled as xe|
|Name||Some people don’t want pronouns at all and will ask you to refer to them by their name instead|
Significant Pride Days of 2022
The calendar functions as a resource for all the pride days of the year. Perhaps it’s a starting point to learn more and become aware. Perhaps it’s a helpful tool to discuss each day with students, customers or patrons. This calendar is also a great asset for those creating inclusive content on social media platforms to increase awareness about upcoming days. Feel free to grab yourself a copy of our Social Media Marketing Calendar to help incorporate these dates into your social media content.
Explore our 2022 calendar of pride days for the LGBTQ+ community. And of course, if we’ve missed a date or if you have any feedback or questions about these days, please contact us here.
|15 February – 07 March||Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras|
|01 March||Zero Discrimination Day||Celebrated each year by the United Nations and other international organisations, the day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all of the member countries of the UN.|
|31 March||International Transgender Day of Visibility||An annual event 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.|
|08 April||Day of Silence||LGBTQ students and allies all around the world take a vow of silence to protest the |
effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.
|26 April||Lesbian Visibility Day||This day raises awareness about the stereotypes, judgments, and lack of |
representation that lesbians face.
|01 May||International Family Equality Day|
|17 May||International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)||Observed annually, this day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights|
|19 May||Agender Pride Day||A day of pride for those who do not have a gender or identify with a gender. They may describe themselves as being gender neutral or genderless.|
|22 May||Harvey Milk Day||Harvey Milk Day is celebrated each year in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights |
activist assassinated in 1978.
|24 May||Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day|
|01 June – 30 June||LGBT Pride Month (in the USA)|
|24 June||The first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was held to mark International Gay Solidarity Day in 1978|
|28 June||Stonewall Riots Anniversary|
|14 July||International Non-Binary People’s Day||Non-binary, also known as genderqueer, is a spectrum of gender identities |
that are not exclusively masculine or feminine but identities that are outside
the gender binary.
|31 August||Wear it Purple Day||Wear It Purple Day is a day to encourage supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for young LGBTQIA+ people.|
|17 September – 24 September||Bisexual Awareness Week||This week aims to provide a platform to the bisexual community and their supporters and to bring global attention to the social, economic and cultural prejudices and challenges faced by bisexual people.|
|23 September||Celebrate Bisexuality Day|
|01 October – 31 October||LGBT History Month 2022||To promote equality and diversity, this is a month-long celebration and remembrance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. It looks at the history of gay rights, closely related to civil rights movements.|
|08 October||International Lesbian Day||This day celebrates lesbian culture and visibility by lesbians and allies of lesbian rights.|
|11 October||National Coming Out Day||National Coming Out Day celebrates those coming out or those who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.|
|19 October||International Pronoun Day|
|20 October||Spirit Day||This day started in 2010 by Brittany McMillan, who wanted to take a stand against bullying and remember gay teens who had died by suicide to increase awareness, acceptance and to prevent more tragedies.|
– 29 October
|Ace Week |
(Asexual Awareness Week)
|A week to create awareness of Asexual people. An asexual person experiences little to no sexual attraction and/or sexual desire.|
The word ace encompasses anyone who fits within the spectrum of asexuality.
|26 October||Intersex Awareness Day||Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day organised to highlight the challenges faced by intersex individuals.|
|08 November||Intersex Day of Remembrance (Intersex Solidarity Day)||This day marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by the philosopher Foucault.|
|20 November||Transgender Day of Remembrance||This remembrance day is an annual observance that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.|
|27 November||Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and politican in California, assassinated in 1978|
|01 December||World Aids Day||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.|
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