Lesbian visibility week, held annually in the US, the UK, and other countries, aims to increase the awareness of lesbian identities and shed light on the issues and challenges lesbians face daily in their families, workplaces, and societies. It is also a celebration of the lesbian community and an opportunity to show solidarity with all LGBTQI women and non-binary people.
The week was originally celebrated between 1990 to 1992 in California when the lesbian community wanted to increase their visibility to the level of LGBT men and celebrate their identity and community. In 2020 it came back to life thanks to Linda Riley, the publisher of the British Diva magazine. Since then, Lesbian visibility week has been celebrated every year around Lesbian Visibility Day, April 26.
During this week, various events are held, including panels, workshops, and the annual DIVA Awards. Everyone can join the celebrations and show their support for the local and global lesbian community. Options vary from organizing a film screening or trivia night, donating to lesbian activist groups, and spreading the word on social media using #LesbianVisibiltyWeek.
Other annual days celebrating the worldwide lesbian community include International Lesbian Day on October 8 in New Zealand and Australia (since the 1980s) and National Day of Lesbian Visibility on August 29 in Brazil (since 2003).
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