International Lesbian Day, held annually on October 8th, is a celebration of lesbian culture and history. This special day provides an opportunity for lesbians worldwide to join in sharing pride in their identity, and bringing their contributions and challenges to the spotlight.
Today’s origins are somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it’s thought to have roots in Australia or New Zealand. A milestone was the inaugural Lesbian Day March on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 1980, in New Zealand. A decade later, Australia hosted its first International Lesbian Day event in Melbourne. Since then, it’s gained momentum and is now observed globally, with events and activities that celebrate the lesbian community. To honour it, why not educate yourself about lesbian history and experiences? Dive into stories through films, books, and discussions. It’s a day to recognise lesbians’ achievements and struggles, offering support and solidarity.