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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

February - Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Conference of the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley

According to the creators of the conference, “The Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Conference began in 2013 with the intention of gathering area faculty, staff, and students to talk about issues of gender, sex, and sexuality.” Past topics have included Healthy Bodies, Minds, and Societies, #Persistance, (Dis)enfranchised, and Out(In)sider Intersections. For more information, please click here.

February, 7 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This day “is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities. The first National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) was marked in 1999 as a grassroots-education effort to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in communities of color.” For more information, please click here.

March, 31 - International Transgender Day of Visibility

According to GLSEN, “The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice.” To learn more, please click here.

April, 23 - Day of Silence

Originally started by two college students, “The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.” To register and obtain resources for planning a Day of Silence event, please click here.

September, 23 - Celebrate Bisexuality Day

According to GLAAD, “Bisexual+ Awareness Week seeks to accelerate acceptance of the bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid, no label, queer, etc.) community. #BiWeek draws attention to the experiences, while also celebrating the resiliency of, the bisexual+ community…culminating in Celebrate Bisexuality+ Day on September 23.” For more information, please click here.

October - LGBT History Month

Begun in 1994, the month of October has been designated as a time to recognize and honor the “important moments in the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” To learn more about LGBT History Month, please click here.

October, 11 - National Coming Out Day

October 11th is recognized as National Coming Out Day, an invitation and celebration for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come out! For more information, please click here. If you have questions about how to come out, concerns about the process, or if you just need some support, please reach out to the Gender and Sexuality Coordinators! We are here to help.

October, 20 - International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day is observed on the third Wednesday of October each year, and “International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.” For information and resources, please click here.

October, 26 - Intersex Awareness Day

The first public demonstration by intersex people in the United States took place on October 26th in 1996. Since then, October 26th has been recognized as Intersex Awareness Day, providing an opportunity to celebrate and honor intersex individuals and provide education about what it means to be intersex. To find out more, please click here.

November, 13 to 19 - Transgender Awareness Week

According to GLAAD, “Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community.” For more information, please click here.

November, 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Awareness Week culminates in Transgender Day of Remembrance. According to the founder, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, "Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible—it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." To learn more, please click here.

December, 1 - World AIDS Day

According to the National AIDS Trust, World AIDS Day is “an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.” For more information, please click here.