LGBTQIA holidays & days of importance

LGBTQIA holidays & days of importance

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I think it’s important to celebrate the LGBT+ community and the diverse identities within it. In my Facebook group and on my other social media, I make it a point to post about all the LGBTQIA holidays.

If you’d like to do the same, here’s a list of days that are significant to the LGBT+ community. I’ve also included a few international days related to writing and specific genres.

For hashtags to use with these LGBTQIA holidays, check out my Twitter for sapphic fiction authors post.


  • Science Fiction Day (January 2)
  • Book Publishers Day (January 16)
  • National Reading Day (January 23)


  • Black History Month (February 1-28)
  • World Read Aloud Day (February 1)
  • National Libraries Day (February 6)
  • Read in the Bathtub Day (February 9)
  • Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (First full Week after February 14): A week to promote awareness about and celebrate people on the aromantic spectrum.


  • Small Press Month (March 1-31)
  • Read an Ebook Week (First full week in March)
  • International Women’s Day (March 8)
  • Omnisexual Awareness Day (March 21): A day to celebrate omnisexual people.
  • Trans Day of Visibility (March 31): A day to celebrate trans people.
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31)


  • National Poetry Month (April 1-30)
  • Reading Is Funny Day (April 1)
  • International Asexuality Day (April 6): A day to celebrate people on the asexual spectrum.
  • D.E.A.R. Drop Everything and Read Day (April 12)
  • World Book Day (April 23)
  • Lesbian Visibility Day (April 26): A day to celebrate and bring visibility to lesbians.
  • Lesbian Visibility Week (Week of April 26): A week to celebrate and bring visibility to lesbians.
  • Independent Bookstore Day (Last Saturday in April)


  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May 1-31)
  • Jewish American Heritage Month (May 1-31)
  • Mental Health Awareness Month (May 1-31)
  • National Get Caught Reading Month (May 1-31)
  • Short Story Month (May 1-31)
  • National Paranormal Day (May 3)
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (May 17): A day to raise awareness of discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.
  • Agender Pride Day (May 19): A day to celebrate agender people.
  • Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day (May 24): A day to raise awareness of pansexual and panromantic identities.


  • LGBTQIA+ Pride Month (June 1-30)
  • LGBT+ Book Month (June 1-30)
  • Audiobook Appreciation Month (June 1-30)
  • Pulse Night of Remembrance (June 12): A day of remembrance for the 49 LGBT+ people killed in the Pulse night club shooting in 2016.
  • Neurodiversity Pride Day (June 16)
  • Autistic Pride Day (June 18)
  • Juneteenth (June 19)
  • Stonewall Riots Anniversary (June 28): A day to remember the Stonewall Riots.


  • Disability Pride Month (July 1-31)
  • International Femme Appreciation Day (First Saturday in July)
  • Nonbinary Awareness Week (Week of July 14): A week to raise awareness of identities outside of the gender binary.
  • Nonbinary People’s Day (July 14): A day to celebrate nonbinary people.
  • National Paperback Book Day (July 30)


  • Romance Awareness Month (August 1-31)
  • Book Lovers’ Day (August 9)
  • International Butch Appreciation Day (August 18)
  • Aphantasia Awareness Day (August 18)


  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month (September 1-30)
  • Read a Book Day (September 6)
  • Buy a Book Day (September 7)
  • Read an Ebook Day (September 19)
  • Bisexual Awareness Week (Week of September 23): Also called BiWeek.
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23). Also called Bisexual Pride Day.
  • Banned Books Week (Usually during the last week of September, but October 1-7 in 2023)


  • LGBTQIA+ History Month (October 1-31)
  • National Fantasy Month (October 1-31)
  • National Reading Group Month (October 1-31)
  • Self-Promotion Month (October 1-31)
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (First full week in October)
  • Mystery Series Week (First full week in October)
  • Lesbian Day (October 8): A day to celebrate lesbians.
  • National Coming Out Day (October 11): A day to celebrate coming out (and let’s not forget those for whom it’s not safe or who aren’t ready to come out)
  • Beta Reader Appreciation Day (October 13)
  • Genderfluid Visibility Week (October 17-24): A week to celebrate genderfluid people.
  • International Pronouns Day (Third Wednesday in October): A day to normalize sharing and respecting out pronouns.
  • Intersex Awareness Day (October 26): A day to celebrate intersex people.
  • Asexual Awareness Week (Last full week in October): Also called Ace Week. A week to promote awareness of people on the asexual spectrum.


  • Transgender Awareness Month (November 1-30): A month to celebrate and raise the visibility of trans people.
  • National Novel Writing Month (November 1-30): NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write 50,000 words in November.
  • National Authors’ Day (November 1)
  • Trans Parent Day (First Sunday in November): A day to celebrate trans parents.
  • Intersex Day of Remembrance (November 8): A day to raise awareness of issues faced by intersex people.
  • Transgender Awareness Week (Usually the second week of November): A week to raise awareness about the issues trans people face.
  • I Love to Write Day (November 15)
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20): A day to honor trans people who have been murdered due to transphobia.


  • World AIDS Day (December 1): A day to raise awareness of AIDS and HIV.
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3)
  • Pansexual/Panromantic Pride Day (December 8)
  • National Short Story Day (December 21)

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