There are a number of awareness events held throughout the year to recognise and celebrate diverse identities.

The list below highlights some of these dates and provides links to related content available from across the Society and our journals.

This list is not exhaustive but serves to act as a resource for our community to support the creation of inclusive environments for all.

If you have a story that discusses equality, diversity or inclusion in STEM that you would like to share please contact The Biochemist editorial team.

To find out more about our commitment to placing EDI at the heart of all our activities, visit our EDI page.   

LGBTQ+ History Month

This is celebrated every February across the UK, providing free resources for education settings, businesses, services and organisations to help them celebrate LGBTQ+ lives in their full diversity.

6–12 February – Race Equality Week

Race Equality Week is an annual UK-wide movement uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace.

11 February – International Day of Women and Girls in Science 

The United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science works to address the significant gender gap at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

8 March – International Women’s Day 

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

13–19 March – Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.

31 March – International Transgender Day of Visibility 

This day celebrates trans and non-binary people and raises awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide.

6 April – International Asexuality Day

This day is a coordinated worldwide campaign to promote and celebrate demisexual, grey-asexual and other ace identities.

24–30 April – Lesbian Visibility Week

This week aims to celebrate and show solidarity with all LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people.

Face Equality Week

This week celebrates visible differences, raising awareness of what needs to change so everyone with a visible difference or disfigurement can live the life they want to lead.

1–7 May – Deaf Awareness Week

This week highlights the impact of hearing loss on everyday life and increases the visibility and inclusion of Deaf people.

17 May – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

This initiative draws attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

18 May – Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This day encourages everyone to talk, think and learn about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities/impairments worldwide.

Pride Month

Pride Month is dedicated to celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller
History Month

Through celebration, education and raising awareness, this month helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society.

5–11 June – Carers Week 

An annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

27 June–3 July -
Deafblind Awareness Week

A week of events, activities and campaigns to raise awareness of dual sensory loss, which aims to inspire those living with deafblindness and raise awareness of dual sensory loss.


Disability Pride Month

This month celebrates diversity and difference among the disabled community and highlights ways to better understand and support each other.

14 July – International Non-Binary People’s Day

This day is aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by non-binary people around the world.

18 July–17 August – South Asian Heritage Month

This month seeks to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, histories and communities. It looks to understand the diverse heritage and cultures that continue to link the UK with South Asia.

23 September – Celebrate Bisexuality Day

This day, also known as Bi-Visibility Day, is an opportunity to celebrate and promote the diversity of the bisexual+ community.

Black History Month

This month highlights the sharing, celebrating and understanding of the impact of black heritage and culture.

World Sight Day

An annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

2–8 October – Dyslexia Awareness Week

This week raises awareness of dyslexia, with resources and information available for teachers, employers and the general public on various dyslexia-related themes.

18 October – International Pronouns Day

This day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace, celebrating people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

Islamophobia Awareness Month

This month aims to showcase the positive contributions of Muslims and raise awareness of Islamophobia in society.

16 November – 16 December – Disability History Month

This month provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people living with a disability and also raise awareness.

18 November – LGBTQ+ STEM Day

A day to celebrate and highlight the work and barriers of LGBTQIA+ people in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

3 December – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

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