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Embracing Inclusive Holidays: July

It’s often hard to remember all the holidays that happen in a month, especially in understanding what they are, who celebrates them, and how to acknowledge them in an inclusive way. As such, we at Plan to Action have curated a list of a few notable holidays in the upcoming month for your convenience with a brief overview of each. 

The month of July is… 

  • Disability Pride Month (July 1 – July 31, 2024). Disability Pride Month celebrates and raises awareness about the achievements, contributions, and diverse experiences of those with disabilities. It is also an important reminder regarding the need for accessible environments, supportive policies, and inclusive practices in education, employment, healthcare, and beyond.  

    • Inclusion Tip: Ensure you are always using inclusive language and confirm with an individual with a disability regarding how they identify with their disability. 

  • Independence Day (July 4, 2024). The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is a day where Americans take part in American pride such as parades, barbeques, and fireworks. Beyond the festivities, July 4th encourages reflection of the principles that define the nation, while also reminding us of the sacrifices made by those who have and continue to fight for liberty and freedom. 

    • Inclusion Tip: Respect different interpretations of patriotism and that it can be expressed in various ways. Individuals may have complex feelings about July 4th due to historical injustices or different cultural backgrounds. 

Two women smiling and holding an American

  • International Non-Binary People’s Day (July 14, 2024). International Non-Binary People’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating and affirming the identities of non-binary individuals around the world. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness surrounding the non-binary gender spectrum, while also advocating for the rights and visibility of non-binary individuals. 

    • Inclusion Tip: Practice using they/them singular pronouns and neopronouns (e.g., ze/zir).

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