Do you ever wonder how organizations, businesses, and individuals know when a certain observance or awareness month, week, or day is? If so, below is a tailored list of observances for the month of July 2022 specifically for military, Veterans, and LGBTQ+ folx. We may issue graphics for some of the events listed below. Because there are so many events and awareness campaigns, the listing is not all-inclusive; that said, if you do not see something here, it’s not because it’s not important, it’s likely because it was unknown at the time of this post’s publication.
Monthlong Awareness Campaigns
Disability Pride Month: July has been an important month in the history of disability rights ever since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in 1990. This landmark law prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities, and in July of that same year, the first Disability Pride Day was celebrated in Boston. Since then, July has been marked as Disability Pride Month with parades and celebrations throughout the nation to mark the anniversary of the monumental law. Although Disability Pride Month is not yet a nationally recognized holiday, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared July Disability Pride Month in 2015. Disability Pride Month is an important time to honor the diversity and uniqueness of each person in the disability community and celebrate people who have disabilities.
- A chance to ‘amplify one another’: What is Disability Pride Month? (USA Today)
- Celebrating Disability Pride Month (American Foundation for the Blind)
- 5 Questions To Think About This #DisabilityPrideMonth (Forbes)
- Understanding Disability Pride Month (Very Well Mind)
- What is Disability Pride? (Easter Seals)
National Minority Mental Health Month: A nationwide effort developed by Mental Health America. It hopes to bring to attention the multitude of mental health experiences within BIPOC communities. The month also takes into consideration the unfair inequities such as systemic and historical barriers that negatively impact a person’s mental health. The concerns and traumas faced by the marginalized, oppressed, and disenfranchised people are unique and need to be addressed as such. It is important to have professional and empathetic mental health caregivers to help overcome mental health issues and faulty diagnoses.
Sarcoma Awareness Month: If you are wondering what sarcoma is, it is a type of cancer that occurs in various locations of the body. ‘Sarcoma’ is the general term used to refer to a broad group of cancers that begin in the soft tissues and bones. Soft tissue sarcoma forms in the tissues that connect, support, and surround other body structures, including muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons, and the lining of your joints. There is not only one type of sarcoma but actually more than 70 types. Sarcoma treatment varies depending on the type of sarcoma, location, and other factors.
UV Safety Awareness Month: Summer has arrived and while the sun is shining bright it’s a golden time to highlight July as UV Safety Awareness Month! We all love to take in those warm summer rays, but everyone must remember to protect their skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun.
Weeklong Awareness Campaigns
- Non-Binary Awareness Week: Observed 07/11 – 07/17
The week starting on the Sunday or Monday preceding International Non-Binary People’s Day on 14 July. This is an awareness period dedicated to those who do not fit within the traditional gender binary, i.e. those who do not exclusively identify as a man or a woman, or who may identify as both a man and a woman, or may fall outside of these categories altogether.
- National Therapeutic Recreation Week: 2nd week of July; observed 07/10 – 07/16
National Therapeutic Recreation Week has been celebrated during the second week of July every year since 1984. Established by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, the week is intended to raise awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services that could improve the health and well-being of individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.
- 07/01: National Postal Worker Day
- 07/04: Independence Day – Federal Holiday: VA Outpatient Clinics closed
- 07/14: International Non-Binary People’s Day
- 07/17: National Tattoo Day
- 07/25: National Hire A Veteran Day
- 07/26: National Disability Independence Day
- 07/27: National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
- July 1, 1943: Women’s Army Corps & Cadet Nurses Corps established
- July 1, 1949: Air Force Nurses Corps established
- July 2, 1926: U.S. Army Air Corps established
- July 4, 1776: US. declares its independence
- July 6, 1999: Private First Class (PFC) Barry Winchell is murdered in a hate crime
- July 20, 1969: 1st man on the moon Neil Armstrong, a Navy Veteran
- July 21, 1861: 1st battle of Bull Run
- July 22, 2011: President Obama & the DoD certify repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)
- July 26, 1948: Desegregation of the U.S. military
- July 26, 2017: 45th President reinstates the transgender military ban
- July 27, 1953: The Korean War Armistice is signed
- July 28, 1914: World War I begins
- July 28, 1932: Attack on the Bonus Army
- July 29, 1775: The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is established
- July 30, 1942: The U.S. Navy Women’s Reserves (WAVES) is established