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Events Celebrating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Expression, and Well-Being

There are many opportunities each year to learn more about and celebrate LGBTQ+ diversity. Some of these events are hosted by organizations, while others are days, weeks and months recognized by the LGBTQ+ community at large. The following is a partial list of some of the most well-known events.


                   Event    Month or Day    Host Organization           (if applicable)
 National LGBT Health           Awareness Week  Last Full Week     During March  National Coalition for   LGBT Health
 Day of Silence  Second Friday   of April  GLSEN
 International Day Against       Homophobia, Biphobia, and     Transphobia  May 17  
 LGBT Pride Month  June  
 LGBTQ Families Day  June 1  Family Equality           Council                         and Mombian
 Solidarity Week (formerly       Ally Week)  Late   September/   Early October  GLSEN
 LGBT History Month  October  
 National Coming Out Day  October 11  
 Transgender Day of               Remembrance &                   Transgender Day of   Resilience  November 20  

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