Calendar Dates Celebrating Diversity
This date listing reflects the 2018-2019 calendar.
August 26- Women's Equality Day- this day commemorates the August 26, 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote.
September 15- October 15- Hispanic Heritage Month- This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.
October- National Disability Employment Awareness Month- This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
October - LGBT History Month- This is a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.
October 3- World Cerebral Palsy Day.
October 11- National Coming Out Day- For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 March on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
November- National Native American Heritage Month- This month celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.
November 11- Veterans Day- This is a U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans.
December 1- World AIDS Day- This day commemorates those who have died of Aids
December 3- International Day of Disabled Persons- This day is designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.
December 10- International Human Rights Day- This day was established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
January 15- Martin Luther King Day- This day commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for non-violent social change until his assassination in 1968.
February- Black History Month- Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora.
February 1- National Freedom Day- This day celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865.
March- Women’s History Month- Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.
March 8- International Women’s Day- First observed in 1911 in Germany, it has now become a major global celebration honoring women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
March 31- International Transgender Day of Visibility- This day brings awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those that helped fight for rights for transgender people.
April- Diversity Month- Started in 2004, this month recognizes and honors the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.
April 2- World Autism Awareness Day- This day raises awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe.
April 27- The Day of Silence- During this day, students take a daylong vow of silence to protest the actual silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their straight allies due to bias and harassment.
May- Older Americans Month- This was established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.
May 17- International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia- This is a global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.
June- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month- This month recognizes the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world.
June 24- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States- This day celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.
July 26- Disability Independence Day- This day celebrates the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.