International Lesbian Day, held on October 8, is a day for lesbians the world over to come together to celebrate lesbian herstory, diversity and also culture.
Recognised annually, the day gives an opportunity for women, families and friends to connect, celebrate and also raise awareness about the importance of community.
Although the exact origin of the day remains uncertain, it almost certainly began in Australia/New Zealand.
Some say the day began in 1980 when a Lesbian Day March was held in New Zealand.
The first Australian event was held at the Collingwood Town Hall in Melbourne on October 13, 1990.
It featured musicians, market stalls and readings during the afternoon. Following that, the women held a dance with live bands later in the evening.
Melbourne lesbians then celebrated the day on or around October 8 for the next several years.
In recent years lesbians encourage the community to either get together or show support by donating to charities supporting lesbian women.
International Lesbian Day is all-inclusive. It’s a day to be shared by lesbians and also allies of lesbian rights.
Some of Aussies and Kiwis celebrating Lesbian Herstory and Culture
Sending love to all of our lesbian followers on International Lesbian Day! 🌈🥰👩❤️💋👩👭
“A DAY WITHOUT LESBIANS IS LIKE A DAY WITHOUT SUNSHINE,” Gay Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, California, June 1979. Photographer unknown, c/o @chicagotribune. #internationallesbianday pic.twitter.com/eoY9MBtAN0
— Melbourne Queer Film Festival (@mqff) October 8, 2019
Today is International Lesbian Day. At Switchboard we recognise and pay respect to all the Lesbians who volunteer and work at all levels at Switchboard. We recognise their contributions, expertise and generosity in serving the LGBTIQA+ community. pic.twitter.com/UpbqxXQEhD
— Switchboard (@switchboard_vic) October 8, 2019
Today is International Lesbian Day! 👩❤️👩💜#InternationalLesbianDay celebrates lesbian culture and visibility on the 8th of October every year. It’s a day to be shared by lesbians and allies of lesbian rights. 👭 pic.twitter.com/4ujWuQjBFA
— Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) October 7, 2019
Happy International Lesbian Day!
International Lesbian Day celebrates our fabulous lesbian community and their visibility. They have played a vital role in the queer rights movement around the world, particularly in Aotearoa. pic.twitter.com/NkhhnBkPC2
— Auckland Pride Festival 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@AucklandPride) October 7, 2019
Today is #InternationalLesbianDay! 🏳️🌈❤️🏳️🌈❤️
Held on 8 October, the day acknowledges the rich diversity within our community, and celebrates our stories, culture and history. The day is also an opportunity to knock down some of the stereotypes about what it means to be a lesbian. pic.twitter.com/UHZ7oxVZ0g
— ACON (@ACONhealth) October 7, 2019
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