What does LGBTQ2 stand for?24th March 2018
The LGBTQ2 is an acronym mostly widely used in Canada and other parts of North America.
Outside Canada LGBTQ2 is not in wide use, its origins are a means of identifying some Native (North) Americans. However due, in part, to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau its use has become popularised.
The 2 in LGBTQ2 stands for ‘two-spirit’. It is an umbrella term for being a “two spirit” described as a Native (North) American who identifies as non-binary, non-cisgendered or genderqueer. It could also refer to someone who identifies as non-heterosexual. It is used to describe certain spiritual people. It is not interchangeable with LGBT Native American.
Wikipedia explains, “it is a sacred, spiritual and ceremonial role that is recognised and confirmed by the Elders of the Two Spirit’s ceremonial community. While some have found the term a useful tool for intertribal organising, not all Native cultures conceptualise gender or sexuality this way, and most tribes use names in their own languages.”
The L stands for Lesbian
The G stands for Gay
The B stands for Bisexual
The T stands for Trans
The Q stands for Queer (use with caution) or Questioning
The 2 stands for two-spirit
It was adopted in 1990 to replace an outdated and now considered offensive term.
The term is not widely used outside North America.
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