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The days in the below table are commonly observed holidays, memorial days, days of awareness, and otherwise important days for people who are transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, intersex, or members of traditional gender identities that do not fit into the Western gender binary.
|Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity||22nd January||International|
|LGBT History Month||February||UK, Hungary|
|Femminiello Pride||2nd February||Montevergine, Italy||Since the thirteenth century CE, the Catholic festival of Candlemas on February 2 also honors the femminiello, a traditional gender-variant role in Italy. Pilgrims make their way to the remote mountain church at Motevergine, whose icon, the Madonna of Transformation, Mamma Schiavona, is said to have miraculously saved the lives of victims of homophobic violence in 1256 CE. The festival is celebrated with the long and energetic tammurriata dance, and a candle-lit procession, by pilgrims who are visibly gender nonconforming. Historically, this has been called juta dei femminielli. Since 2002, it has also been called Femminiello Pride.|
|Dies Sanguinis (Day of Blood)||24th March||Originating in Phrygia (where Turkey is today), spreading across the ancient Roman empire, as far as Roman London||From 2,300 years ago to the 6th century CE, this was celebrated by the gender-variant Gallae priests of the goddess Cybele and the god Attis. The Day of Blood was celebrated by dancing around a felled and decorated pine tree, symbolizing the death and rebirth of Attis. As part of this ritual, any new Gallae initiates would voluntarily castrate themselves, as part of transitioning to a feminine appearance.|
|Trans Day of Visibility||31st March||International|
|International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia||17th May||International|
|LGBT History Month||June||Italy|
|Queer History Month||June||Berlin|
|International Nonbinary Day||14th July||International|
|LGBT History Month||October||USA|
|National Coming Out Day||11th October||USA, International|
|Cake for Trans Friends Day, or Trans Cake Day||14th October||International||Established by cassolotl in 2017, who wrote that in response to how most days about trans people "involve marginalised people doing yet more work to draw attention to themselves in a dangerous environment [...] Those days can be (and always are, for me) scary and sad. [...] So I declared [this] the first annual Cake For Trans Friends Day. I ended up shortening it to Trans Cake Day [...] Basically, instead of us doing all the work, people (especially cis people, I feel!) give cake to their trans friends and family to show them how appreciated they are. There’s so much anger and violence surrounding trans people, but I think we should be celebrated and loved. [...] a bit like Mother’s Day - a birthday for every trans person to celebrate together at the same time, and be showered with goodness by people who care about us."|
|International Pronouns Day||3rd Wednesday of October||International||Established in 2018. Ways to participate include using the #PronounsDay hashtag, telling about your pronouns on social media and on name badges, distributing leaflets, setting up a photo booth in public for people to take selfies with their pronouns, and other efforts to creatively raise awareness.|
|Intersex Awareness Day||26th October||International|
|Trans Parent Day||1st Sunday in November||USA|
|Transgender Awareness Week||13th - 19th November||USA|
|Transgender Rite of Ancestor Elevation||12 - 20 November||International||A 9-day non-denominational ritual ending with the Trans Day of Remembrance, honoring the spirits of trans people past and future. Each night, participants add a book to a stack on the floor, with a cup of water and a candle, forming a memorial altar that rises taller each night. Established 2014.|
|Trans Day of Remembrance||20th November||International|
|World AIDS Day||1st December||International|
|IAmNonbinary||date varies each year||International||Observed by using the #IAmNonbinary hashtag on social media.|
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References[edit | edit source]
- Danielle Oteri. "Femminiello Pride." Roads and Kingdoms (magazine). December 30, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2020. https://roadsandkingdoms.com/2015/femminiello-pride/
- Giuseppe Melillo. "Una storia antica: Napoli, i femminielli e la figliata." Huffington Post (magazine). January 24, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2020. https://www.huffingtonpost.it/giuseppe-melillo/una-storia-antica-napoli-i-femminielli-e-la-figliata_a_23339374/
- Raven Kaldera. Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook. Hubbardston, Massachusetts: Asphodel Press, 2008. P. 174-179.
- Laura Anne Seabrook, "About this comic." Tales of the Gallae. http://totg-mirror.thecomicseries.com/about/
- October 14, 2017. https://cassolotl.tumblr.com/post/166404257550
- "The Transgender Rite of Ancestor Elevation: FAQ." November 11, 2017. Transgender Rite of Ancestor Elevation. https://trans-rite.tumblr.com/post/167382057159/the-transgender-rite-of-ancestor-elevation-faq