Wear.it.Purple.Day: celebrating in August
An organisation which founded in 2010 in response to global stories of real teenagers, real heartache and their very real responses. Then, several rainbow young people took their own lives following bullying and harassment resulting from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.
Midsumma Festival: 17 January – 7 February 2021
Midsumma Festival is Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. Expanding over 22-days of summer, with an explosion of queer events that center around hidden and mainstream queer culture, locally and internationally.
Midsumma Pride March: Sunday 31 January 2021 – 11.00am (to be confirmed)
25 years ago, Melbourne’s LGBTQIA community took to the streets in a show of solidarity and pride. In 2020, more than 7000 marches will remember that the Midsumma Pride March is about affirming that we’re fabulous, we’re loved, we’re diverse and we’re proud. We all march in solidarity for those who can not.
March International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), March 31, is a day to show your support for the trans community. It brings attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community.
Day of Silence, April 12, 2019 (day varies from year to year) is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of ant-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.
Lesbian Visibility Day, April 26.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, May 17, represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision-makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders, and local authorities to the situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgender, and intersex people and those who do not conform to sexual and gender norms.
Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day, May 24, is a day to celebrate the pansexual and panromantic community and educate others on the community.
LGBTQA+ Pride Month (U.S.) is celerated in June in honor of the Stonewall Riots, though pride events occur throughout the year. It also marks the month that same-sex marriage was made legal in the United States in 2015.
Stonewall Riots Anniversary, June 28.
Celebrate Bisexuality Day, September 23 and Bisexual Awareness Week, is a day and week to celebrate the bisexuality community.
LGBT History Month (U.S.) was first celebrated in 1994 was declared a national history month by President Barack Obama in 2009 to encourage openness and education about LGBT history and rights.
National Coming Out Day, October 11, celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people's coming out experiences and journeys.
Spirit Day, October 20, is a day millions wear purple in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag.
Intersex Awareness Day, October 26, is celebrated to commemorate the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America.
Asexual Awareness Week, October 22-28, is an international campaign that seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to the asexual community and allies around the world.
Intersex Solidarity Day, November 8, is also known as Intersex Day of Remembrance and marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a now-famous French intersex person.
International Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, memorializes those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice and honors Rita Hester, who was murdered on November 28,1998. Visit GLAAD Transgender Day of Remembrance for more information.
World AIDS Day, December 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
William Angliss Community celebrates diversity. Let's be an ally and show your support for the LGBTIQ communities.
The guides below are some of the great tools for us to gain more knowledge about the inclusive language in LGBTIQ+ communities.
Cisgender/cis: a term used to describe people whose gender corresponds to the sex they were assigned at birth.
Gender pronouns: these refer to how a person chooses to publicly express their gender identity through the
use of a pronoun, whether it is a gender-specific or a gender-neutral pronoun (GLHV, 2016). This can include
the more traditional he or she, as well as gender-neutral pronouns such as they, their, ze, hir and others
(see Transgender/Trans/Gender diverse).
Genderqueer/Non-binary gender: a term used to describe gender identity that does not conform to traditional
gender norms and may be expressed as other than woman or man, including gender neutral and androgynous.
Gender questioning: not necessarily an identity but sometimes used in reference to a person who is unsure
which gender, if any, they identify with.
Intersex: an umbrella term that refers to individuals who have anatomical, chromosomal and hormonal
characteristics that differ from medical and conventional understandings of male and female bodies. Intersex
people may be ‘neither wholly female nor wholly male; a combination of female and male; or neither female nor
male’ (Sex Discrimination Amendment Act (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) 2013 (Cth)).
Intersex people may identify as either men, women or non-binary (see Genderqueer/Non-binary gender).
Sistergirl/Brotherboy: terms used for gender diverse people within some Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
communities. Sistergirls and Brotherboys have distinct cultural identities and roles. Sistergirls are Indigenous
people who were classified male at birth but live their lives as women, including taking on traditional cultural
female practices (GLHV, 2016). Brotherboys are Indigenous people who were classified as female at birth but
who have a male spirit (GLHV, 2016).
Aromantic/aro: refers to individuals who do not experience romantic attraction. Aromantic individuals may or
may not identify as asexual.