Important Days

If you’re interested in learning more about important days, events and months to the LGBTQIA+ community, you are in the right place! This page summarises all internationally (and Dutch) recognised events regarding the LGBTQIA+ community.



There are no internationally recognised LGBTQIA+ awareness periods taking place in the month of January.


  • First full week following Valentines day (14 February), beginning on Sunday: Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week – A week promoting information on and awareness about the identities within the aromantic spectrum, and the issues they face.


  • 1-31 March: Bisexual Health Awareness Month – A month to raise awareness about the bisexual community’s social, economic, and health disparities. This month is also used to advocate for resources, and inspire actions to improve bi people’s wellbeing;
  • 1 March: Zero Discrimination Day – A day promoting equality before the law, recognised by the United Nations (UN) and in practice in all member countries;
  • 31 March: Trans Day of Visibility – A day to celebrate the trans community, their lives, and cultural achievements.


  • 6 April: International Asexuality Day – A day promoting the asexual umbrella. The four themes of International Asexuality Day are Advocacy, Celebration, Education, and Solidarity;
  • Second Wednesday in April: International Day of Pink – A worldwide anti-bullying and anti-homophobia event where people are encouraged to wear or display a pink shirt;
  • 18 April: Nonbinary Parents Day – An annual day celebrating Nonbinary parents;
  • 26 April: Lesbian Visibility Day – An annual day to celebrate, recognise, and bring visibility to lesbians.


  • 17 May: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) – A worldwide day to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, abuse, and repression of LGBTQIA+ communities all around the world;
  • 19 May: Agender Pride Day – A day to promote the awareness of agender individuals;
  • 24 May: Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness Day – An annual day to promote awareness of, and celebrate pansexual and panromantic identities.


  • 1-30 June: LGBT Pride Month – In June the LGBTQIA+ community is celebrated in honour of the Stonewall Riots;
  • 5 June: Aromantic Visibility Day – A day to promote the visibility of people who identify as aromantic or somewhere on the aromantic spectrum;
  • 28 June: Stonewall Riots Anniversary – A day to remember the Stonewall Riots. This even was a galvanising force for LGBTQIA+ activism, and is by some considered to birth of the twentieth century gay rights movement around the world.


  • 14 July: Non-Binary People’s Day – An annual day to celebrate and bring visibility to people who are non-binary in the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s the day directly in between International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day;
  • The week, starting Sunday/Monday surrounding 14 July: Non-Binary Awareness Week – A week dedicated to those who do identity on the spectrum outside the gender binary, those who do not exclusively identify as a man or a woman, those who identify as both, or those who fall outside of these categories altogether;
  • 16 July: Drag Day – A day celebrating and recognising the drag art all around the world.


  • 1-31 August: Transgender History Month – a month honouring the transgender community and their history.


  • 16-22 September: Bisexual Awareness Week – An annual week celebrating the cultural acceptance of the bisexual community. The week is also used to advocate for bisexual rights;
  • 23 September: Celebrate Bisexuality Day – A day also known as Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day, and Bisexuality+ Day. It is a day to recognise and celebrate bisexual people, the bisexual community, and the history of bisexuality;


  • 1-31 October: LGBT History Month – A month created to encourage openness and education about the history of the LGBTQIA+ community and their rights;
  • 8 October: Lesbian Day – An annual day celebrating lesbian culture;
  • 11 October: National Coming Out Day – An internationally recognised day celebrating the act of “coming out”, when an LGBTQIA+ person decides to publicly share their sexual orientation or gender identities;
  • 17-24 October: Genderfluid Visibility Week – A week aimed at promoting the awareness of the genderfluid community, the challenges they face, and to celebrate the genderfluid community;
  • Third Wednesday in October: Pronouns Day – An annual event seeking to make sharing, respecting, and education about personal pronouns more commonplace;
  • Last full week in October: Ace Week – A week to promote awareness of those on the asexuality spectrum;
  • 26 October: Intersex Awareness Day – A day designed to highlight the human rights issues faced by intersex people. It is celebrated on the anniversary of the first intersex protest in 1996;


  • 1-30 November: Trans Awareness Month – A month used to celebrate transgender and gender nonconforming communities. It is used to raise awareness for these communities through education and advocacy activities;
  • First Sunday in November: Trans Parent Day – A day celebrating life and love between transgender parents and their children, and between transgender children and their parents;
  • 8 November: Intersex Day of Remembrance – A day aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by intersex people. While Intersex Awareness Day, in October, is celebrated more in North-America, Intersex Day of Remembrance is celebrated more in Europe;
  • 13-19 November: Trans Awareness Week – A week to educate about transgender and gender nonconforming communities and the issues associated with their transition and/or gender identity;
  • 20 November: Transgender Day of Remembrance – A day to memorialise the people who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.


  • 1 December: World AIDS Day – An annual event serving as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to honour the lives lost, and to raise awareness for the ongoing issues, to work towards the ending of HIV as a public health threat;
  • 8 December: Pansexual/Panromantic Pride Day – An annual celebration of the pansexual and panromantic community, recognising, celebrating, and bringing visibility to those who identify as pansexual;
  • Second Friday of December: Purple Friday – An annual day held in The Netherlands aimed at reducing bullying and increasing inclusivity in schools, using a purple theme. People are encouraged to wear purple clothes on this day. Similar days are celebrated in other countries, such as Wear it Purple Day in Australia (celebrated on the final Friday of August), and Spirit Day in the United States (celebrated on the third Thursday in October).