LGBT Center Awareness Day - October 19
Wed, Oct 19, 2022

LGBT Center Awareness Day

October 19 is LGBT Center Awareness Day in the United States. LGBT centers operate throughout the country, providing support services to absolutely everyone in need. It is thanks to these organizations that the LGBT community more easily defends its rights, finds cultural events, finds work, housing and much more. In fact, these centers serve as the link that unites all people from the LGBT community into a single whole.

History

The holiday is sponsored by CenterLink, and LGBT Center Awareness Day was organized in 1994 in order to draw public attention to the work of the centers. Every day, this organization provides free services to over 40 people. Services at the centers include relative mental health counseling, educational programs, libraries, support groups, recreational activities, and more.

The creation of LGBT centers was a necessity, because people with a homosexual orientation used to regularly face discrimination and could not access basic resources and services. The first centers for gays and lesbians were established in 1971 in Los Angeles, California, New York. The importance of the work of LGBT centers increased even more when AIDS spread among members of the gay community in the 1980s. The specialists of the centers helped people find out their diagnosis, solved issues with hospitalization and patient care.

Interesting facts

  • the largest percentage of the LGBT community in San Francisco, where 6,2% identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender;
  • New York is the largest gay city with over 272 gays;
  • in 2007, the United States passed a law on non-discrimination due to sexual orientation in employment;
  • The Netherlands became the first country in the world to officially legalize same-sex marriage.

How to celebrate

To celebrate LGBT Center Awareness Day, you can visit one of these centers where you can offer your own volunteer help. Also, if you have the necessary resources, you can make a voluntary donation for the needs of the center. In addition, both this holiday and the work of the centers themselves should be shared on social networks so that all members of the LGBT community in need know where they can find help.

When is LGBT Center Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?

LGBT Center Awareness Day is observed on October 19 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday October 19 2022
Thursday October 19 2023
Saturday October 19 2024
Sunday October 19 2025
Monday October 19 2026

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